Vinification
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Everything begins with the work in the vineyards

Although everything begins with the work in the vineyards, the vinification process is a crucial step in the production of exceptional wines. These two stages are inseparable; it is through their combination that it becomes possible to guarantee the most faithful expression of our range of terroirs.

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Vinification

The estate ensures a perfect mastery of the vinification process for each of the Central-Loire Valley appellations. Our work begins in the vineyards and continues in the cellars. In order to guarantee the most authentic expression of our range of terroirs, the estate adapts its methods to suit each individual vineyard plot. Each plot is harvested and vinified separately, with fermentation at controlled temperatures to preserve the freshness and intensity of the aromas.

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White wines

Grapes destined for the white wines are crushed in pneumatic presses. This allows us to fully control both the increase in pressure and the length of pressing time, enabling us to extract the purest juice. Fermentation lasts 10 to 15 days at a controlled temperature, either taking place in our modern winery, or in our historic cellar located in the heart of Sancerre.

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Red wines

The grapes destined for red wines are transferred whole into vats. A pre-fermentation maceration is carried out, releasing aromas and colours. During fermentation, pumping over stimulates the process of extracting tannins and aromas. Once the fermentation is complete, the wine is drained off and the marc is pressed. Following this stage, the wine is then aged over the winter in stainless steel vats or, for our prestigious cuvées, oak barrels.

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Ageing in oak barrels

For some of our particularly special cuvées, vinification and ageing takes place in our 12th century cellar beneath the streets of Sancerre.

The wood for our oak barrels comes from the neighbouring forests; Saint Palais and Allogny in the Cher and Bertranges in the Nièvre. The barrels are crafted by local coopers with whom we work in close collaboration to select the wood and define the level of charring.