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Domaine Picard, France

The Domaine Jean-Paul Picard et Fils is a family run estate cultivating 14 hectares of vines, all of which are situated on the slopes of Bué and are amongst the best sites in the Sancerre region.

Picard practices 'lutte raisonée', where chemical treatments are used only when necessary and they plough to loosen the top soils and help develop micro-bacterial life. The wines are well balanced and very aromatic, full of fruit and subtle hints of minerality.

Viticulture

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.

Winemaking

The Domaine benefits from having a modern and functional winery, including, amongst other things, the ability to work via gravity, and to allow the bottles to age slowly over time. Where ever possible, only indigenous yeasts are used.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lutte raisonée methods, where chemical treatments are used only when necessary and they plough to loosen the top soils and help develop micro-bacterial life.
  • Minimal intervention winemaking using a gravity flow winery using indigenous yeasts when possible.
  • Harvesting by hand and first sorting in the vineyard.