2017 Vincent Pinard Sancerre Grand Chemarin

All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
$ 64.00
We currently have 5 in stock.
$ 64.00

Grand Chemarin is full south facing and exposed to the sun, this terroir has the nickname "moulin à vent" or windmill as it's constantly windy.  This exposure and the nearly all Oxfordian Limestone are what gives this wine its character. 

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 almost nightly as a group. 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  availability is always very slim, at best.

I was lucky to receive small quantities from a favorite source this week. And, when this small importer of Mugnier, Comte Liger-Belair, 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, with each cuvée standing drastically apart from one another. They have intense concentration and a gossamer texture that bears little resemblance to what we commonly expect from Sancerre.

There's a grandeur to this seriously defined 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.

Product Details
Price Range $60-$100
Wine Type White
Grape Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Country France
Region Loire
Appellation Sancerre
Vintage 2017
Bottle Size 750ml

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