Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Maulin Bèle' Rouge 2018
A rare red Sancerre wine with a bright berry bouquet and juicy red fruit flavours, offset by supple tannins with cool, minerally undertones.
This superb Sancerre Rouge from Domaine André Vatan is made from 100% Pinot Noir like it's Rosé sibling, but with much longer skin contact.
It is best served lightly-chilled with cold collations of charcuterie, goat's cheese and freshly-baked bread.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Sancerre|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Goat's Cheese|
|Cellarage||Best drunk within 2-3 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Ripe grapes from 30 year old vines planted on calciferous soil are fully de-stalked before a 10 day cuvasion in stainless steel vats and a pneumatic pressing. The wine undergoes an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation prior to an eventual filtration and summer bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
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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