The Picard family has been making wines in Sancerre since the 1600s. Today they produce 8,350 cases between two cuvées of white, two cuvées of red, and their rose. Mickael Picard is in charge of the Domaine since 2004. The wines produced by this small, 14 hectare Domaine (spread over 45 different parcels) are proof that not all Sancerres are created equal. As Sancerre is a large appellation, the best villages have developed their own reputation for quality, with Bué considered one of the finest!
The vineyard slopes surrounding this hamlet have outstanding clay-limestone soils, sunny southwestern exposures, and ideal elevations which Mickael farms sustainably (culture raisonnée). The grapes are always hand-harvested (while 90% of the producers in Sancerre harvest mechanically) and the Sancerre Rose is produced from the very select vineyards averaging 20 years in age. Superb terroir and limited production translate into very generous and gratifying wines.
Farming/vinification practices: sustainable. The grass is allowed to partially grow in the vineyards. The wines are vegan – the whites and rosés are fined with bentonite while the reds are unfined.
Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Noir. Pale pink in color, the wine opens with bright aromatic notes of exotic fruit and some flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and balanced with very fruity notes at the end. This wine is great with grilled meats and cooked pork meats and also all day long, especially in the summer.