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Laporte Sancerre Rouge 'Les Grandmontains'

Pinot Noir

  • 2019

  • Alc. 14%

  • Loire

  • France

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Retail $54.99

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Smell

Youthful and expressive on the nose, Les Grandmontains is bursting with aromas of tart cherry, fresh cranberry, and wild strawberry. With a bit of air, more subtle, savoury notes begin to emerge, with hints of black tea, fresh herbs, pencil lead, and cedar.

Taste

Light-bodied but with intense and concentrated flavours, Les Grandmontains is silky-smooth on the palate, with fine tannins and lively, energetic acidity. The finish is long and pure, with flavours of raspberry, cherry, and dried herbs. Delicious right out of the bottle, but this wine rewards a bit of air, so don't be afraid to decant it if enjoying in the short term.

Pairing

This wine showcases all the signature versatility of Pinot Noir, and will pair beautifully with cedar-planked salmon, roast poultry, or grilled center-cut pork chops.

Aromas and Flavours

Cherry

Fresh B.C. cherries out of the back of a truck, all eaten before you can get them home!

Cranberry

Sweet and tart, just like the cranberry sauce at your family's Thanksgiving table.

Herbs

Your windowsill herb garden gives off a lovely herbal smell every time you walk by.

Tea

A warm cup of Earl grey tea - with floral scents and slightly earthy notes.

Pencil Shavings

Sharpening your pencil to a stub using the old-school sharpener at the back of the class.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
16°C

Cellar
2022 - 2027

Description

Famed for their white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre's best-kept secret is that the region also produces stunning reds. They're mostly enjoyed locally, and are unfortunately rarely exported outside of France, so when we had an opportunity to feature a fantastic single-vineyard red Sancerre from historic producer Domaine Laporte, we jumped at the chance!

Based in the small village of Saint-Satur, tucked between the foothills of Sancerre itself and the Loire river, Laporte's organically-certified vineyards cover 21 hectares of rolling hillsides. Each plot is vinified separately to capture and express its unique character. The Les Grandmontains vineyard faces south-southwest, providing ample ripeness in the grapes. After harvest, the free-run juice is bled off (a technique called saignée) to make the estate's rosé wines, which allows the red wine to benefit from an increased skin-to-juice ratio, creating more concentrated flavours and aromas. It's a youthful, energetic expression of Pinot Noir that should be served at a cool 16 C and enjoyed over the next 5 years.

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