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Jean Paul Picard Sancerre, Loire, France 2018



Wow! We have tried a lot of Sancerre in our time and as a style of wine we love it. As consumers we do tend to see Sancerre as a brand but there are huge differences in quality between the wines produced and this is on another level, a perfect example of this classic wine.

The town of Sancerre lies on an outcrop of the chalk that runs from the White Cliffs of Dover down through Champagne and Chablis. The aromatic wines of Sancerre are perhaps the easiest to recognise in France where here Sauvignon Blanc can make better, finer and more complex wine that anywhere else in the world.

The Domaine Jean-Paul Picard et Fils is a family run estate cultivating 14 hectares of vines, all of which are situated on the slopes of Bué and are amongst the best sites in the Sancerre region. Picard practices ‘lutte raisonée’, where chemical treatments are used only when necessary and they plough to loosen the top soils and help develop micro-bacterial life. Biodiversity in the vineyards is encouraged through the planting of cover crops, rigorous plowing of the soils and the use of natural compost to fertilize the vines. To put it simply, they really care – they want to make the best wine they possibly can and this is clear in the quality of the juice. It is absolutely divine!

Pale gold in colour the wine opens with bright aromatic notes of exotic fruits and citrus with subtle hints of minerality and orange blossom. On the palate the wine is bright, balanced and crisp.

A classic match to oysters or fresh goats cheese.

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