IGP Val de Loire: Arielle Vatan 'La Roncière' Pinot Noir 2021
Domaine Vatan's Pinot Noir comes from a small one hectare plot of vines on the edge of Sancerre so is classified under the regional 'Loire Valley' (Val de Loire) appellation. Light-bodied and matured in stainless steel vats, this is a light and fruit-driven refreshing red that's all about its crisp cranberry and redcurrant fruit underlined by a touch of spice.
The Vatan family's Sancerres of all hues are recognised as classics of the appellation and while this lighter-style of Pinot Noir is from just outside the boundary of Sancerre, it is vinified in a similar manner to their other red wines with yields strictly controlled to ensure high quality berries. Intended to be drunk on its youthful and characterful fruit, it has a wonderfully perfumed nose of violets and red berry fruit, fresh acidity and lovely poise. Best served lightly chilled with a salade lyonnaise or a baked goat’s cheese tart.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Sancerre|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Chicken and Turkey, Goat's Cheese, Pheasant and Game, Pork, Salads|
|Cellarage||Drink up to 3 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard after hand picking to ensure perfect ripeness then fermented in small stainless steel vats.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Domaine André Vatan
One of the grandest appellations of the Loire, Sancerre is a hill town poised on a block of limestone above the River Loire to the south-west of the city of Orléans.
The wines of Sancerre are largely well-recognised by consumers and is thus a regular feature on restaurant wine lists. Sadly, few restaurant goers will be au fait with the names of individual producers of Sancerre which is a pity as, although standards are generally high, offerings do vary considerably. The Vatans, however, have supplied excellent examples of Sancerre wines to Yapp Brothers for well over 30 years.
The family own 10 hectares of vines within the appellation of Sancerre and one hectare outside which is classified as a Vin de Pays du Cher. Nine-tenths of production is focused on Sauvignon Blanc, the remaining 10% on Pinot Noir, which yields a bright lively red and delicate coral coloured rosé.
André inherited his vines from his father Jean and has cautiously expanded the business and invested in sophisticated new equipment. He is ably assisted by his wife Arielle and has no shortage of heirs with his children Aimée, Adrian and Antoine!
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