Overview of the Wine
The Domaine of Pascal and Nicolas Reverdy is based in the tiny hamlet of Maimbray, nestled in a valley surrounded by chalk hills. Maimbray is a very modest, humble-looking village, but Reverdy has elevated it to the front ranks of the Loire.
A number of factors are at work here, starting with the vines. In this case, the grapes come from the 50 year-old Les Coutes vineyard. Their age, combined with the impossibly steep slopes on which they are planted, result in naturally low yields. This allows Pascal to achieve optimal ripeness while also capturing the mineral essence that makes Sancerre so prized and famous. Further adding to the intense mineral profile, the vineyard is situated in a part of Sancerre with chalky, Kimmeridgean soil akin to Chablis.
Pascal Reverdy farms all of his 14 hectares organically, focusing incredible attention on growing the finest, cleanest fruit he can. Again, the aim is to capture the sense of terroir that makes Sancerre so special. Care must be taken to ensure only the finest fruit is grown. Any deviation dilutes the quality of the wine. Pascal approaches this aspect with intensity bordering on fanaticism.
In the winery, Pascal utilizes all the tricks of the trade – stainless steel, controlled temperature fermentation and aging, neutral oak and acacia barrels – to coax complexity, elegance and balance in the wine. Has he succeeded? You bet he has!
Grape / Blend
Loire Valley, France
Gorgeously aromatic and pure, redolent of minerals and tangy citrus and subtle hints of flowers. On the palate, tangy lime juice and grapefruit drive the refreshing, mineralic palate. There is a beautiful concentration to this focused, finely etched white. This is quintessential Sancerre that captures the spirit of Sauvignon Blanc and of the Loire. Bright, clean, and mouthwatering – this was tailor made for a tangy chevre salad or plate of icy cold oysters drenched in lemon juice.
91 Points - Wine Spectator (2018 Vintage)
Product size: 750ml