Patrick Noël 2019 Sancerre Rouge, Loire Valley, France
Patrick Noel 2019 Sancerre Rouge, Loire Valley, France
The cellar was built within the 14th-century monastery vineyards of the Abbey of Saint-Satur, buried in the hillside where they work exclusively by gravity, overlooking the entire Loire Valley with breathtaking views of Sancerre.
Domaine Patrick Noël bottles only estate fruit, fermented exclusively with native, indigenous yeasts and they have also implemented the certification of their plots through a new ecological farming certification program in France known as Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE). HVE is an approach that focuses on the ecology and balance of the vineyards with the surrounding ecosystems (see our farming guide for more information on HVE).
Winemaker: Patrick Noël
- Farming: Sustainable
- Varieties: Pinot Noir
- Soil Type: 35 year old vines. Silex (flinty clay) in Sancerre and clay in Chavignol.
- Vinification: Hand-harvested, whole cluster fermentation. There is a 10 day maceration with twice-daily pumpovers, but these are short and gentle, to preserve the fruit characteristics of the wine. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine is racked once, then left undisturbed in enameled stainless steel tanks until bottling the following summer.
- Tasting Notes: A sophisticated and structured wine, this young bottle shows the serious side of Loire Valley Pinot Noir. Crunchy, brambly red fruits mingle with hard mineral notes, high acidity and fine tannins. A great bottle to linger over, as it will open up with some air, it will best be showcased alongside food to bring out it's more subtle notes.