In the village of Crézancy, seven kilometres west of Sancerre, the Sautereau family has been producing wine for nine generations. The winery is now being run by David Sautereau, who is producing modern, attractive wines that offer excellent value for money.
The Domaine's 22 hectares of vineyard are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bue and the village of Sancerre itself. The range of soils in this area, many of which are predominantly calcareous, allows David a good spread of different blending components for the wine, giving more complex and varied flavours.
2018 was a vintage shaped by extraordinary extremes of weather ranging from record levels of spring rainfall to summer heatwaves. The rain throughout winter and spring paired with a hot April encouraged early budbreak and flowering. A very hot summer soon followed, which was the hottest since the heatwave of 2003. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness towards the end of August.
A light pressing and cool fermentation of the delicate Pinot Noir fruit ensured retention of the pure, red fruit character while three months on the lees provided extra complexity and richness. Like David Sautereau's Sancerre Blanc, the wine was stored in stainlesssteel vats and bottled six months after the harvest for extra freshness.
This wine is a delicate pink in the glass. On the nose, there are intense notes of raspberries and strawberries with a touch of citrus fruit. Full-bodied on the palate with refreshing acidity, this wine has a long and elegant finish.
100% Pinot Noir
Jean Jacques Sautereau