Since inheriting Domaine du Pré Semelé from his father Rémy, Clément Raimbault, in partnership with his brother Julien, has transformed it into a rising star of Sancerre. Fastidious, verging on obsessive, he is driven to make the very best Sancerre possible from his family’s 20ha estate. The vineyards lie on clay-limestone (mostly Kimmeridgian marls with some Portlandian limestone) near Maimbray, to the north of the village of Sancerre, and are carefully managed following the principles of reasoned agriculture. Although not the largest or most famous Sancerre producer, and possibly because of this, Clément’s passion is supported by intricate winemaking skills resulting in wines that faithfully communicate their beautiful terroir.
The domaine is in the process of converting to be certified organic and works in the spirit of sustainable development. No herbicides, pesticides, or weedkillers are used; the soil between the rows of vines is tilled to prevent compaction and to promote biodiversity; and all phytosanitary products used are organic.
The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness by machine to facilitate loading straight into the press. This is a 100% rosé de presse as the brothers believe that gentle pressing over 3.5 hours is the only way to extract the delicate aroma and flavour components from just under the skins of the grapes. The juice is then fermented with natural yeasts for 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks at 15-18 degrees celsius, fined with bentonite and filtered with cellulose.
Wild strawberries, some stone fruit and lemon on the nose. Wild and intense pink grapefruit on the palate with redcurrants and red cherries to follow. Bright and zesty with a pinot noir backbone.
Seafood, grilled chicken, risotto, grilled goat’s cheese salad
Blend: PINOT NOIR 100%
Style: Still wine
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: No
Organic: Yes – Not certified