Image Credit: www.thewinecountry.comABOUT THE BOURGEOIS FAMILY
Eleven generations of wine-making experience, the reputable Bourgeois family has established themselves in cultivating grapes in the heart of famed Sancerre wine region, and with their domaine in the nearby village of Chavignol, Eastern Loire Valley, North of France. On the chalky clay and limestone soils, the family vineyards in Sancerre are planted along the rugged steep south facing slopes that exposes the vines to favourable daylight, together with high altitude cool climate, that eventually allows the development of ideal cool climate grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc (whites) and Pinot Noir (reds). This resulted in refreshingly richly flavoured wines with delicate perfumes. Strict viticulture practices such as organic fertilizers and meticulous vineyard control such as consistent green pruning, balancing of water stress, employing labour-intensive cover crops method, etc, lead to the Bourgeois family producing one of the finest and internationally acclaimed wines in Loire Valley.
ABOUT SANCERRE WINE PRODUCING REGION
The Sancerre wine producing region lies in the eastern region of the Loire Valley, North of France. The proximity to the mighty Loire River with a large body mass of water, allowed a moderated climatic environment that protected the vineyards from freezing. Most of the vineyards are planted on the south facing slopes that receive plenty of sunlight yet the higher altitude provides cool temperature that is critical in retaining that refreshing acidity in the grapes. The chalky clay with limestone soil, and in some areas, the deposits of flint, mainly determines the significant characters of the wines being produced there. Sancerre received its white wine “protected designation of origin” for its whites (Sancerre Blanc AOC) in 1936 and its reds in 1959.
Viticulture practices were first established by the Romans in the 2nd century as the port along the Loire River, St-Satur was a very important Roman route. The ruling Duchy or Burgundy (1032 to 1477) with the Augustine Monks significantly developed the wine producing region, introducing the Pinot Noir and Gamy grape varieties, which at that time became well-known for its reds. The wines of Sancerre achieved even greater prominence and received exponential demand when the railway route to Paris was opened in 1823. However, in the mid-19th century, the region was hit by a devastating pest infestation called the phylloxera which destroyed more than 30% of the vineyards worldwide. This shifted the cultivation of vines to majority Sauvignon Blanc that developed better with the American rootstock remedy.
ABOUT THE “Les Baronnes Sancerre Blanc AOC”
The vines for this wine is planted on the hills and ridges between the village of Chavignol and Sancerre. The chalky clay and limestone soil give the wine its signature fruit-driven, pronounced aromatic notes of exotic fruits with green apples, guava, gooseberries and some of the iconic flintiness. The wine was also matured on lees (exhausted yeasts) for 5 months to provide that added texture and layers of complexity. Light, refreshing and crisp on the palate, a delightful enjoyment on a hot day.