SANCERRE Rouge – La Croix Renaud – 2016
Deep coloured wine with bright glints. This complex, subtle wine reveals delicate aromas of candied fruit along with wild fruit such as blackberry enhanced by toasty notes.
A wine of great elegance.
Strongly coloured whith bright tints.
Serve it between 10 and 12°C.
Drink it now or wait 4-7 years.
The wine’s qualities are best appreciated with white meat in a sauce, and most of the classic ripe cheeses, such as Brie and Reblochon. It also tastes delicious with fresh tuna steak.
Vallée de la Loire et Centre
La Croix Renaud
2016 in Centre-Loire : A Vintage with CharacterThe unusual shift between the seasons has created a 2015 vintage with great potential for
Centre Loire Wines. The unexpected warm weather in autumn produced exceptional wines with finesse and power.
This wine was made from grapes grown on the domaine’s first parcel to have been planted with Pinot Noir in the 1980’s in clay-limestone soil. This deep and typical Pinot Noir “terroir” provides our wine with great complexity. Over the years, in the Berrichon dialect, the names are shortened. Here the name “Croix Renaud” has become “Clairneaux”. This name, which has resisted time, has been adopted by the winery.
To avoid damaging the grapes great care was taken during the harvesting and sorting of the bunches. Cold maceration prior to fermentation for a total of 16 days of vinification. Throughout this process, the must is pumped over twice daily so as to maximize the extraction of colour and tannins.
Along the Loire River in east of Bourges, the vineyards extend over 2,926 ha in 14 communes.
Pinot Noir : 100%
100 % malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. Afterwards the wine spent 9 to 12 months in French oak barrels from different tonneliers (coopers), in order to soften the tannins and allow natural aeration to occur
Reviews and awards
92 points : Sancerre La Croix Renaud 2015
Clément & Florian Berthier
With its year in oak, this wine has richness and layers of ripe, mature fruits. Tannins give backbone to the ripe spice, taut acidity and minerality that support the weight of the smoky stewed black currants and berries.
“Robe d’un grenat très lumineux; nez de gelée de griotte teintée de thym et de sauge. Bouche élégante aux tanins délicats qui font comme une frise au fruité raffiné. La structure aérienne et la fraîcheur bien maîtrisée renforce encore l’impression de pureté, de dessin bien défini.
Vin est issu de la première parcelle du domaine à avoir été plantée en Pinot Noir dans les années 1980.”
“En rouge, on est croquant et gourmand.”
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