Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wine of the Week - Paul Thomas Sancerre Rouge

This week's featured wine is French Pinot Noir, but not from Burgundy. About 120 miles to the west of Beaune lies the Sancerre region. It's best known for its whites, but the red wines from this region also shine. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the grape shows slightly different characteristics when grown in this Kimmeridgian soil. Domaine Paul Thomas, located in the heart of Chavignol, produces a classical Sancerre Rouge. Notes of red currants and black cherries harmonize with soft tannin and juicy acidity. The ideal red for lighter dishes and charcuterie.

Just east of Sancerre is the village of Chavignol, home of Domaine Paul Thomas. It is a small estate on the slopes of the Les Mont Damnés, from which they produce beautiful wines from the deepest, purest outcropping of Kimmeridgean limestone in Chavignol. Domaine Paul Thomas is run by Raphael Thomas, son of Paul. Raphael originally intended to pursue a career in physics, but after his father tragically passed away at the end of the harvest in 2000, he made the decision to carry out his father’s legacy by returning to Chavignol and taking over management of the winery. From just six hectares of vines, Raphael produces 90,000 bottles. 75% of the total production is Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre) while the remaining 25% is Pinot Noir (either Sancerre Rouge or Rosé).

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