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Sancerre Rouge Belle Dame

Domaine Vacheron

Sancerre Rouge Belle Dame Bottle
Appellation
Sancerre
Variety
Pinot Noir
Age of Vines
50
Farming
Certified biodynamic (DEMETER)
Soil
Flint
Altitude
300 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in French oak vats, pigeage, 30 day maceration
Aging
12 months in French oak barrels then 12 months in 25hl oak casks

Overview

Most people, when tasting the Belle Dame, a cuvée of 50 year-old vines of Pinot Noir grown on pure flint soils, compare it to Burgundy. It understandable and unfortunate at the same time as this is a terror quite distinct from anything in Burgundy – further north and on hard flinty soils. Before phylloxera, Sancerre was renown as Pinot Noir country, and justly so. Sadly, there are few producers, like Vacheron, who care enough to prove just how amazing Pinot Noir can be from this part of the Loire. It is a singular wine, and the benchmark Sancerre Rouge.

Ratings & Reviews

94+

2012 Sancerre Rouge Belle Dame

Source: WA

93

2010 Sancerre Rouge Belle Dame

Source: WA

Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Appellation
    Sancerre
  • Proprietor
    Jean-Dominique & Jean-Laurent Vacheron
  • Winemaker
    Jean-Dominique & Jean-Laurent Vacheron
  • Size / Elevation
    45 hectares / 300-350 meters
  • Portfolio
    Jon-David Headrick Selections

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