About the Producer
Hippolyte Reverdy's family has been making wine in the charming village of Verdigny, a commune of Sancerre in the eastern Loire, for many generations—perhaps as far back as 1600. Traditional in nature, the farm was planted to multiple crops, and the Reverdys raised goats and made small quantities of wine from their own vines for local consumption. It was not until the end of World War II that Hippolyte began increasing his Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir production, selling it to accommodate increasing demands from Paris.
Michel joined his father and brothers in 1971, shortly after finishing high school. Slowly but surely, Michel has found his own rhythm. Like his father Hippolyte REVERDY before him, Michel devotes all his time to his 14 hectares (11 planted with Sauvignon Blanc and 3 with Pinot Noir); he manages every aspect of the business from the production to the sales of his red, white and rose wines.
About the Wine
Talk about an intriguing and rare wine... this is a Sancerre ROUGE (not the white you drink all summer long as an aperitif!) and as such, is made of 100% Pinot Noir. There is very little Sancerre rouge made in the Loire Valley, and this is one of the region's top producers. Known for quality and prestige, Hippolyte Reverdy is from Kermit Lynch, a premier importer of French wines.
The label itself hasn't changed in decades (which we love) and neither has the style of the house, which is traditional Sancerre, Their red here is made from vines averaging 30 years, planted in Siliceous Clay and Gravelly limestone soils. The grapes are 100% de-stemmed , fermentation lasts for 2-3 weeks, the must undergoes pump-overs twice a day for ideal tannin and color extraction and the wine is racked into 400-L barrels for the year, interrupted only by a natural malolactic fermentation in the Spring. Bottled unfiltered.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
With pure, bright Pinot fruit, the silkiness in the mouth makes this wine seem downright sexy. Some of other red Burgundies just got a bit jealous.
Very pure Sancerre aroma, generous, fresh, without grassy edges. The palate is expansive, then the nervosity makes its appearance and the finish is dry and lipsmackingly good. One of the things I love about it is that it leaves on the lips, not the palate, not the throat, but on your lips, a fresh little lemony whisper which makes it a fabulous complement to simple fish dishes.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Loire Valley, France
Product size: 750ml