Half a century ago, Henri Bourgeois cultivated just a few hectares of vines in the heart of Chavignol, a traditional village in the Berry region. His pioneering spirit saw him move away from multi-crop farming and focus his passion into wine-making.
Alongside his sons, Remi and Jean-Marie, who very soon gained a reputation for discovering marvellous terroirs, the vineyard of Henri Bourgeois gradually extended over several villages in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, forming a mosaic of parcels cultivated with meticulous care.
In the mid 80's, a modern, eco-friendly cellar was built to provide exceptionally good conditions for careful winemaking and wine ageing.
The current generation of the Bourgeois family decided to modernise the facilities by using the advantageous topography of the village to build a gravity-fed winery.
Today, the 72 hectares cultivated by the Bourgeois family composes a palatte of 120 parcels.
Made from the slopes of the Loire Valley, this Sauvignon Blanc take advantage of 10th generation of winemaking experience of our family.
This Sancerre rouge is created from Pinot Noir vines growing on chalky clay soils. To express its finesse and aromatic richness, some specific production conditions are needed due to its relative fragility among others, a climate neither too hot nor too cold, and a well-drained soils such as the one in Sancerre.
Vinification begins with fermentation in tanks (12 days of maceration) at 26 to 32°C during which
time the cap is punched and the must pumped over twice daily in order to extract a maximum of colour and tannins from the skin grape. Once the malolactic fermentation is achieved, the wine is matured for 6 to 8 months in oak barrels from the Centre of France (Troncais, Bertranges & Limousin forests) (1/3 of which are replaced yearly).
The bouquet is marked by morello cherry, violet, wood notes and with aging it develops aromas of game, truffle and cherries in brandy. On the palate, it reveals good roundness and a light, pleasant astringency (tannins from the grapes as well as the oak barrels) assuring good aging for 8 to 10 years.
The ample bouquet of Les Baronnes is ideal for your braised and pan-sauteed white or red meats.
Glazed roast meats are a perfect match. Pure pleasure!