100% Pinot Noir. The vines average 30 years old, and are largely planted on clay and sandy-flint soils, with around 30% planted on limestone. Hand picked and manually sorted, once in the vineyard, and once on the sorting table at the winery. Pumping over is used, with sparing pigeage, to extract gently. Malolactic fermentation takes place half in 228 ltr barrels, and half in stainless steel, and the wine is bottled after 6 months on its lees. No filtration.
After the sunny years of 2018, 2019 and 2020, Matthieu is now aiming for a cooler, more focused style of Pinot Noir which he feels is the true expression of the terroir. Fruity for sure, with ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, but also very nicely restrained by crisp acids and a cool, fresh crunch to the fruit. Super definition, best drunk with a chill now, or aged for 3-5 years.
About the Domaine
Delaporte are based in Chavignol, a village at the heart of Sancerre, and the only village in France to enjoy AOC status for both wine and cheese. Although the domaine has been in family hands since the 17th century and were the first Sancerre producer to export to the USA, Delaporte made their name for producing some of the area’s finest wines due mainly to the hard work of Vincent, Matthieu’s grandfather. Matthieu, just 22 years old, took over from his father, Jean-Yves, in 2010 and has set about driving the wines to new heights. He is an energetic and restless young man, utterly committed to the quality of the domaine. In 2011 he convinced his retiring uncle to sell them his 10ha, and Delaporte now own 33ha in including old vines in both Mont Damnes and the Cul du Beaujeu, the village’s two most famous vineyards. These sites tower above the village, it is hard to appreciate just how steep they are; in parts positively Mosel-esque. Delaporte’s vines cover all the major soil types of Sancerre, from flint, ‘Silex’, to limestone pebbles, ‘Caillottes’, and the famous Kimmeridgian marl.