One of the thrills of living in Beaune throughout 2012 was getting familiar with an enormous range of Burgundy's producers. Beaune had its fair share of wine bars that we'd frequent as a group almost nightly. However, none of these bars devoted serious space to wines outside of the region. That all changed when the natural-focused, Les Vins de Maurice opened in the spring. Wines from the Jura, Rhone, and Loire Valley covered the walls. One day I asked Maurice to introduce me to a producer that was doing something out of the ordinary and he quickly picked up a bottle of Vincent Pinard's Sancerre. Since that day I've been on the hunt in the US, but sadly availability is next to zero. However, this week I was lucky to receive small quantities of several cuvées. When a small importer with Mugnier, Cathiard, and Lafarge takes an interest in Sancerre, it's time to pay very close attention.

Vincent Pinard is located in Bué, a village that along with Chavignol has some of the most prized vineyards in the region. Pinard's wines can best be described as overtly stylish. They are dynamic and do not taste like anything coming from the region. Pinard farms organically and takes a somewhat unusual approach in the cellar utilizing new French oak for élevage. While new oak on Sauvignon Blanc is not something I gravitate towards, the texture it provides here and the deft incorporation is magic. 

Pinard focuses on single parcel cuvées that are wildly different from one another. They have intense concentration and a gossamer texture that bears little resemblance to other producers in the Sancerre. There's a grandeur and seriously composed structure that reminds me much more of those sensibilities found in Burgundy. When I've found Meursault and Puligny lovers who shy away from Loire Sauvignon Blanc it's Pinard who ends up reverberating with them.

All parcels sit on a bedrock of limestone covered with the famous caillottes pebbles on the surface.

Petit Chemarin is aged in a combination of 25% new French oak and stainless steel tanks. 

Chêne Marchand is aged in 50% new French oak and stainless steel tanks.

Harmonie is aged in 60% new French oak and is supplemented by aging in large neutral 600-liter demi-muids.

Pinard makes a very tiny amount of Pinot Noir. His Charlouise is 100% de-stemmed and aged in 60% new French oak barrels.

The new 2015 release is only being offered to our mailing list today and will not be found on our website. 

2015 Vincent Pinard Sancerre Harmonie
$51 per bottle.

2015 Vincent Pinard Sancerre Le Chateau
$51 per bottle.

2015 Vincent Pinard Sancerre Chêne Marchand
$51 per bottle.

2015 Vincent Pinard Sancerre Grand Chemarin
$51 per bottle.