Domaine Chotard Sancerre Rouge ‘Tradition’ 2020

Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol Percentage: 15%
Viticulture: Organic Farming

Climate: Semi-continental climate
Terroir: Soil base of clay, Limestone, Kimmeridgian marl
Ageing: They are fermented in stainless steel tanks with a vatting of 3 weeks in order to extract at best the color and the aromas of this grape. Malolactic fermentations and aging are partially done in vats and partly in oak barrels. This wine is bottled on average 15 months after harvest.

Color: Garnet
Nose: Nose is reminiscent of garden fruit such as blackcurrant, redcurrant and Morello cherry
Palate: Round and long on the palate with peppery notes

About the Winery:
When not organising music concerts or playing jazz piano and guitar in his own band, or fulfilling his obligations as the current president of the BIVC (Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins du Centre), Daniel Chotard makes some wine.

There have been vignerons in the Chotard family since 1789, but it was in 1992 that Daniel Chotard resumed work at the Domaine. The Domaine’s vines are situated on limestone slopes in the southwest of the region at Reigny near Crezancy-en-Sancerre, in Loire. In total, the area under vines is 15 hectares, 80% of which is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, with the remaining 20% being Pinot Noir. They farm 40 different vineyard parcels in total.

Daniel Chotard believes the terroir here is crucial in defining his wines. In the vineyard he employs the principles of lutte raisonnée, utilising organic products where and when possible and allowing grass to grow between the vines on the slopes. In the winery, he seeks to constantly maintain and improve his facilities. His aim is to produce a natural wine, true to its origins, with a fine aromatic profile.

For example, for his Sancerre Blanc, he carefully selects yeasts that will not influence the natural aromas of wine, so the mineral expression and the character of the grape variety are not disguised. Ultimately, the philosophy of this musical vigneron can be summed up with his own statement that ‘…good wine is made to bring happiness…’.