Pinot Noir is the main red grape of Sancerre. It represents about 20% of plantings and has a particular mineral character unique to this region with herbal undertones and a crunchy texture. The nose expresses nervy fruits of raspberry and black cherry and are complemented by violet flowers, hints of oak, pepper, and crushed rock. The energetic finish alludes to great aging potential.
The small 9ha estate of Domaine Thomas has been in the family since the 1670s, with ninth generation winegrowers Jean and Ginette Thomas, and their son Julien and partner Justine running the domaine today.
The domaine, which grows Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, is located in the village of Verdigny in Sancerre, with a high proportion of its vineyards located on the highly sought-after Silex soil that makes the most aromatic and pungent Sauvignons that the region is famous for.
Wild yeast fermentation is key in setting Domaine Thomas’s wines apart, in an appellation where selected yeasts are still the norm, and so does extended ageing on the lees, combined with low use of sulphur. The domaine also manages the vineyard according to biodynamic principles.
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