2019 Cherrier Frères Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir
The wine brings an immediate “level up” to your table without the added cost. When we say this is a household essential, we mean it. Enjoy with fish, chicken, grilled veggies and curried dishes.
Organic farming practices and native yeast fermentation
Situated in Verdigny, brothers François and Jean-Marie Cherrier have been sustainably farming vines in the Loire Valley since 1994. The duo cultivates fruit across 20 hectares of vines spread over five villages surrounding Sancerre, as well as an additional ten hectares in the area of Menetou-Salon. They use ecological techniques such as planting cover crops, practicing gray-water reuse at the winery and eliminating chemical fertilizers and vinification products. The varied climates and soil types of these regions each bring a distinct Sauvignon Blanc characteristic to the final wines, ranging from flintiness (from silex) to acidity (from gravelly limestone) and beyond.
All vinification at Cherrier Frères is done according to soil type. Post-fermentation, the wines are left to age on their lees in stainless steel tanks prior to blending. The final wines are crisp, mineral laden, and undeniably Sancerre. In addition to their world-class white wines, the François and Jean-Marie also craft small amounts of Sancerre Rouge and Sancerre Rosé, as well as their signature red and white wines from Menetou-Salon.
This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner. Look for notable regions including Burgundy or the Loire Valley in France, the Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Pfalz or Baden in Germany, Central Otago in New Zealand and even Patagonia in Argentina!
THE LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles. Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire.