Domaine Fouassier is a family estate for 10 generations, covering 59 hectares, planted mainly with Sauvignon on the steep hillsides around the village of Sancerre.
In the age of standardisation, the estate has been avant-garde in the vinification of their wines by lieudits. Rejecting modern winemaking techniques, they let nature do its work in making their wines by practising agriculture that respects the soil, water, living beings and natural rhythms, in order to produce lively, authentic wines representative of the Sancerre terroir. The entire estate is Biodyvin certified.
This Sancerre Rouge is made from Pinot Noir vines aged between 35 and 50 years, planted on clay and flint soils, typical of the region. The grapes are harvested by hand in order to preserve them as much as possible. They are then cold-macerated for 8 days before fermentation with indigenous yeasts only. The wine will remain in vat for 3 to 5 weeks before undergoing malolactic fermentation and finally being aged for 1 year in oak barrels.
No doubt we are in the Sancerrois region with this wine with notes of cooked black fruit and humus. It presents a beautiful concentration with fruit and a lot of structure, all in a very harmonious way. An elegant wine but not without character!
It goes very well with red meats or meats in sauce, but its elegance will also allow it to go well with certain rather spicy vegetarian dishes.
It develops lively notes of Granny apples, lemon and a hint of aniseed. The palate is initially very lively and then becomes more rounded while retaining a great freshness.
It can be served with oysters or a well-prepared codfish steak. Those who like freshness will even drink it on its own as an aperitif, or with a small goat's cheese also produced in Sancerre.