Origin: Sancerre, Loire, France
Grape: Pinot Noir
Domaine Henri Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation of the Bourgeois family, covers 72 hectares in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations. Started by Henri Bourgeois over 50 years ago, the vineyards lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley.
Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir's home is France's Burgundy region, particularly in Côte-d'Or, however it is planted internationally and thrives in cooler wine regions. Typically, Pinot Noir is dry, light- to medium-bodied, with bright acidity, silky tannins and alcohol that ranges between 12–15%. The best Pinot Noir taste has complex flavors that include cherry, raspberry, mushroom and forest floor, plus vanilla and baking spice when aged in French oak. It is a very versatile variety that is used to make still red wine, but also is a key component for Champagne and other spakrling wines, and is used for rosé.
Across a mosaic of several dozen plots of land spread across 72 hectares, the Famille Bourgeois illustrates all the nuances and reliefs of the flavours of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.
It imagines its wines and tells their stories starting from their roots, which go deep into the heart of three types of soil present in the vineyard:
clay-limestone, which gives rise to fresh, fruity vintages;
Kimmeridgian marls, the memories of fossilised shells from the Jurassic Era that give intense flavours of exotic fruits and a superb structure;
flint, which initiates elegant wines with smoky, roasted notes and minerality of great finesse.
Those fresh terroirs of the Loire give rise to wines with a great mineral feeling.
Organic fertilisers, no chemical weed killers used, use of cover crops, grapes harvested only when they have reached full aromatic maturity
• “Les Baronnes” Sancerre rosé is a bled rosé. Juice is obtained by draining (""bleeding"") vats of Pinot Noir juice
after 48 hours of cold maceration.
• The alcoholic fermentation is conducted in thermos-regulated stainless-steel tanks (16-18°C) followed by 4 to 5 months of maturation on its fine lees Stainless vat
• Gravity used at each stage of winemaking