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Sancerre Rouge Cuvée Prestige

Sancerre Rouge Cuvée Prestige

Terroir
A blend of grapes grown in two terroirs: Oxfordian “caillottes” and Kimmeridgian marls

Exposure
East and southeast

Growing methods
Both single Guyot and Cordon de Royat pruning techniques are used
Either crop cover is grown between the rows or the soil is ploughed
Hoeing
Disbudding

The vines
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Average age of the vines: 60 years
Planting density: 7,000 vines/hectare

Vinification
The grapes are handpicked and sorted in the vineyards
The grapes are sorted again on the table at the winery
100% destemmed – Transferred to vats via a conveyor belt
Cold pre-fermentation maceration lasts 7 days
Fermentation at monitored temperatures for 7 days
Post-fermentation maceration for 14 days
Regular pumping over of the must and punching of the cap
Devatting using a conveyor belt
Gentle pneumatic pressing
Aged in new oak (40%), one-year-old barrels (40%), and two-year-old barrels (20%)
Bottled after 22 months of ageing

Tasting notes – 2012 vintage
Visual: brilliant, dark ruby red
Nose: red and black fruit, raspberry, blackberry
Palate: starts off elegant with structured tannins, lots of volume – the epitome of a Sancerre Pinot Noir
Serving temperature: 14 to 15°C
A fine match for grilled red meats, pigeon or filet of deer
Ageing potential: 8 to 10 years

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