Ruby red in colour, this wine shows notes of black cherries, raspberries, blackcurrant and spices. The palate is fruity and elegant with fine tannins and a touch of minerality which adds length to the finish.
The Pinot Noir grapes were 100% destemmed and pressed before alcoholic fermentation took place for 10 - 15 days at temperatures of 25°C. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation which helped enhance the fruit profile of this wine. Ageing took place mostly in stainless steel tanks with 20% of the wine matured in oak barrels, to add complexity and texture to this traditional red Sancerre.
The Sautereau family has been producing wine for nine generations in the village of Crézancy, seven kilometres from the town of Sancerre. The winery is now run by David Sautereau, who makes modern, attractive wines that offer excellent value for money. David’s 22 hectares are spread over the villages of Crézancy, Bué and Sancerre, which ensures that the best of the Sancerre appellation is available for his blend.
David’s careful and orderly approach in his small, immaculate cellar is reflected in the purity of his wines. The range of soils gives many blending components, ensuring that his Sancerre has a touch of minerality on the palate that combines nicely with the aromatic gooseberry-fruit character on the nose. David’s Sancerre Rosé, made solely from Pinot Noir, is pale salmon in colour, with bright strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas. David’s precise and expressive single vineyard Sancerre ‘Le Vignoble de Sarrottes’ and his Sancerre Rouge are made from Pinot Noir grown on chalky soils with iron-rich content. It has a bright, sappy character which is nicely rounded by supple tannins.
The fruit for this Sancerre Rouge is sourced from David's vineyards, which are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bué. The soils in this area range from calcareous to iron-rich sandstones, which produce a variety of different blending components for the wine, which in turn results in fine and fruity reds with more complex and varied flavours.