Sancerre Le Rabault Rouge 2020
Notes of black cherry and blackberry on the nose, whilst the palate is a wonderful expression of Pinot Noir with gorgeous mouth-feel and silky smooth tannins.
The grapes are grown on a unique terroir within Sancerre, on very steep slopes with a flint rich soil. All vineyard processes are carried out in an environmental manner, adapted for each terroir.
The rains that had started in the fall did not stop until spring approached. The spring heat favoured a very early vegetative cycle. The flowering of Pinot and then Sauvignon was short and above all well ahead of the last vintages. Unfortunately, the first heatwaves arrived in June. The water so abundant in winter was already lacking in July. The veraison took place early, suggesting a harvest at the end of August. Then another disaster struck where localized hailstorms damaged certain slopes of the vineyards, while the heat of the sun burned the overly exposed berries. In August, humid and hot weather confirmed the precocity of the harvest. September turned out to be one of the hottest, injecting significant momentum into the ripening of the grapes, concentrating sugars and acidity. The harvest started on the 30th of August. Despite all the challenges, there is an aromatic elegance and good balance on the palate that characterize the 2020 vintage.
The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness before vinification at the winery. Vinification takes place under monitored conditions, to ensure a smooth extraction of tannins. Maceration takes place over a period of 25 days to achieve excellent balance and finesse.
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