Producer: Domaine Alain Gueneau
Wine: 2016 Sancerre Red
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir - average age of vines is 25 years old located on 7.41 acres
Nose: Intense and complex aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam, cacao, tobacco leaves and hints of spice
Palate: The tannins are present and well integrated
Food: Barbecue pork, tuna steak, grilled salmon, lamb tagine, duck with cherry sauce, ripe cheese, roasted lamb
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2023
Covering 37 acres of sloping vineyards, the Gueneau estate is located in Sury-en-Vaux, Sancerre and Chavignol. The family owned and operated domaine was passed down to Alain from his parents. Today, Alain's daughter Elisa is the winemaker and manages the property herself. The prime vineyards are planted mostly with Sauvignon Blanc with small quantities of Pinot Noir. 80% of the estate is composed of “terres blanches” or white earth. The remaining 20% is made up of “caillottes”, soil strewn with tiny stones. The vines are pruned in single Guyot style. To combat erosion on very steep plots, grass is grown between the rows of vines except for a narrow strip at their base which is worked regularly. Environmentally friendly techniques are used based on necessity and climatic conditions. Elisa produces artisan and classic wines true to the Sancerre style and terroir.