Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rouge “Les Barrones”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This Sancerre rouge is created from Pinot Noir vines growing on chalky-clay soils.
- This Pinot Noir shows an harmonious balance between the freshness brought by the Loire river and the Burgundy typicity of this grape variety.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: Vinification begins with fermentation in tanks (12 days of maceration) at 26 to 32°C during which time the cap is punched and the must pumped over twice daily in order to extract a maximum of color and tannins from the grape skins. Once the malolactic fermentation is achieved, the wine is matured for 6 to 8 months in oak barrels from the French interior (Tronçais, Bertranges & Limousin forests) (1/3 of which are new).
Tasting Notes: The bouquet is marked by morello cherry, violet, wood notes and with aging it develops aromas of game, truffle and cherries in brandy. On the palate, it reveals good roundness and a light, pleasant.
2015 – 90 Wine Spectator
2019 – 91 James Suckling
For ten generations now the Bourgeois family has devoted its passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, becoming Sancerre’s most well-known producer. The company is now led by the current generation of the family – Jean-Marie and Remi Bourgeois. The winery and family base is the village of Chavignol, and Domaine holdings can be found on a mosaic of plots throughout Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir, whether we are talking Kimmeridgian marls, flint, or limestone clay soils. We see this expressed in a dizzying array of bottlings, many of which are amongst the most sought after of their kind in the Loire each year.