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Daniel Chotard Sancerre Champs d’Alligny Rouge

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Vintage: 2019
Region: Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Lutte Raisonnée
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Daniel Chotard Sancerre Champs d’Alligny Rouge is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir from a small parcel planted by Simon Chotard’s great-uncle and grandfather. Previously blended into the domain’s Sancerre rouge, the Champs d’Alligny is now its own bottling. Drinking more like a premier cru Burgundy, this red is earthy and sublime, with lush and velvety red fruits, baking spice, and supple tannins. A fantastic voyage into an area best known for white wines.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Not Natty

FRUIT

Red Berries, Red Cherry

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Medium

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Red and Orange (58°–62°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Unknown

IMPORTER

Kermit Lynch Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Daniel Chotard Sancerre Champs d’Alligny Rouge

Daniel Chotard Sancerre Champs d’Alligny Rouge is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir from a small parcel planted by Simon Chotard’s great-uncle and grandfather. Drinking more like a premier cru Burgundy, this red is earthy and sublime, with lush and velvety red fruits, baking spice, and supple tannins. The parcel sits on a south-facing slope with lots of limestone in the topsoil and Kimmeridgian marl in the subsoil. Previously blended into the domain’s Sancerre rouge; bottled separately as of the 2018 vintage. Yields are restricted to around 30 hl/ha. 40-70% stem inclusion. Maceration lasts roughly four weeks (includes a 5-day cold soak, two weeks of fermentation, and one week of additional maceration.) Aged for 18 months in 400-liter barrels. Small sulfur addition only at bottling. Bottled unfiltered.

About Daniel Chotard

Daniel Chotard and his wife, Brigitte, live just outside Sancerre in the village of Reigny. The Chotard family has been making wine for well over two hundred years, though Daniel was initially reluctant to accept the family vocation and started as a teacher. Daniel is a bit of a Renaissance man. His enthusiasm and passion for learning extend beyond wine and into music; he is a gifted guitarist and accordion player. He organizes lively music and wine soirées that showcase wine as an equally compelling art form to jazz.

In recent years, Daniel has passed the reins of the domain on to his son Simon. The terroir of Sancerre is widely regarded as producing one of the greatest expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Sancerre was once more celebrated for its red wine, a Parisian bistro favorite. Simon grows Pinot Noir as well, used to make both red wine and rosé. The hilltop town of Sancerre is surrounded by a commune of villages that collectively make up its eponymous appellation, and each village is blessed with varieties of distinct limestone that imbues a lengthy mineral component to its wines. He farms the slopes of the village Crézancy-en-Sancerre, where flint meets clay and the famous Kimmeridgian limestone. Simon practices sustainable farming and uses organic composts to treat the vines. Typically, he harvests his grapes later than his neighbors, resulting in full-bodied wines with a rich complexity. He has also transitioned away from using cultured yeasts, fermenting every wine naturally—a rare feat in an appellation where technical winemaking is still the norm. Simon’s quest for a more authentic expression of terroir has led him to isolate certain parcels on the basis of soil, experimenting with different aging vessels in the cellar (demi-muids, acacia, foudres…) to find the best match. Like his father’s music, Simon’s wines are luscious and complex with deep notes and long, satisfying finales.