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2020 Vincent Pinard Le Château Sancerre

Loire ValleyWhiteHighly RecommendInternationalNew ArrivalsPrivate Cellar

$ 140.00 AUD


A new single vineyard cuvée since 2015. The lieu-dit of Le Château sits on a south facing slope above Bué and the domaine’s plot was planted in 1971 and 1972. Here the soil is Kimmeridgian marl (limestone and clay), which is a bit of a rarity in Bué, where most of the terroir is the more gravelly Oxfordian limestone. The fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted and then whole-bunch pressed to 600 litre demi-muids for fermentation, followed by 9 months maturation on fine lees.

Region - Loire Valley

Type - White

Year - 2020

Winery - Loire Valley

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

A stunning wine of notable intensity and complexity which benefits from decanting and the finest stemware. Served blind this will challenge and more than compete in a line-up of fine white Burgundies. A very substantial wine with great energy and the structure to age effortlessly.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Juicy and Fruity

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus, Stonefruit

Other aromas & flavour

Buttery, Florals, Minerality, Spices, Toastiness, Vanilla

Body type




Food pairings





Red Meat







Spicy Foods

Cured Meats


Expert review

The 2020 Sancerre Le Chateau is a powerful and structured Sancerre with plentiful welcome flesh. You can expect a high level of concentration reflecting the restricted yields, and the flavours are reminiscent of ripe apples, nectarines, floral notes and a pastry-like character on the finish. If I am being super picky, I’d like a little more tension through the wines core, but this was a warm season, and it is still an excellent wine. Drink 2023-2036. 94pts

Rebecca Gibb MW

The Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

A crisp, textural and beautifully expressive white wine that grows in almost every wine growing country across the world. In the hands of a great winemaker, Sauvignon Blanc can rival the very best white wines of the world with its complex aromas and flavours that you won't find in other white varieties. The expressions from Sancerre and Bordeaux set the benchmark the world over, using oak as a medium for body and spice, and in great Sauvignon Blanc you'll find notes of white florals, gentle herbals, creme fraiche, cassis, melon, complex citrus, pear, gooseberry, vanilla, cashew and hints of passionfruit.

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