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Domaine Jean Paul Picard, Sancerre

A family run estate since 1750

The Domaine Jean-Paul Picard et Fils is a family run estate which has been in the family for many generations since 1750.

Today they passionately cultivate 14 hectares of vines, all of which are situated on the Bué slopes which amongst the best sites in the Sancerre region. This Domaine has always kept hold of the artisan techniques of the past such as manual harvest yet they embrace new technology in their pursuit of ever greater quality.

The vines are cared for under the minimum intervention method. Half of the Domaine has a grass cover, particularly on the steeper slopes, as this helps limit erosion of the soil. They also plough the soils, de-compacting the top soils, which helps to develop micro-bacterial life. The "terres blanches" (white soils of limestone-clay), make full and powerful wines. These soils are mainly found on the steep slopes of the commune of Bué.

The "caillottes" (small pebbles), are a very stony soil where limestone dominates, giving well balanced, very aromatic wines. They carry out harvesting by hand, doing the first sorting in the vineyard.