Red grape varieties in the northern regions, Pinot Noir is early and slowly maturing. Adapted to clay-limestone soils and continental climates, this grape variety is delicate for its color and structure and finds its finest expressions in Center-Loire to express its finesse and elegance.
A medium vatting allows to obtain light and fruity red wines developing aromas of red fruits (cherry, wild strawberries). A longer vatting will give wines with a more assertive structure and a more powerful bouquet (prune, spicy notes, vanilla).
The juice of the Pinot Noir is colorless, the grains are macerated and fermented with their skin which contains the colored pigments. It is after this stage, more or less long, that the juice will take this pretty color cherry red slightly purple.
Pressed directly or in short maceration for a few hours, the pinot noir will give delicate rosés with the aromas of white and dry fruits, a partridge eye or peel onion, very characteristic of the region.
SURFACE AREA IN THE WORLD
IN CENTRAL-LOIRE VALLEY
Auvernat, plant fin, pinot fin
Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, Coteaux du Giennois, Châteaumeilant
APPELLATIONS USING THIS GRAPE
Until the crisis of the phylloxera that ravaged the vineyards of France in the 19th century, Pinot Noir is one of the preferred grape varieties in the Center-Loire.