Sancerre Rouge ‘A Nicolas’ Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy 2016
Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy, Maimbray, Sancerre
“Pascal Reverdy – along with his wife and sister-in-law – continues to uphold this family’s deservedly high reputation.” David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate August 2010
With Nicolas’ untimely death, Pascal Reverdy was faced with a big challenge. Helped by Nicolas’ widow Sophie and his own wife Nathalie, he decided to carry on the work he started with his brother; the results are superb with the same poised, mineral-driven whites and rich, crunchy-fruited reds. The vineyards, the majority of which are located in Maimbray, lie on classic clay/ chalk soils known locally as ‘Terres Blanches’. The parcel of vines for the top red cuvée ‘À Nicolas’ is situated between Bué and Sancerre itself. Here the soils are pure chalk ‘Caillottes’. Working all the 14 hectares of vineyards manually, without weed killers or use of industrial fertilisers, contributes greatly to the ultimate quality of their wines, revealing an excellent natural expression of their origins. Pascal also believes in retaining grass cover between the rows in order to provide competition to the vines’ roots, reduce vineyard humidity and stimulate nitrogen production. His wines are vinified separately, parcel by parcel. All are bottled with only a light or no filtration, after a few months of maturation in stainless steel or conical oak vats, depending on the particular cuvée. The red wines also spend several months in demi-muids (500- 600L) - most notably the cuvée ‘À Nicolas’ matures for 12 months. We are delighted to be working with one of the best domaines in Sancerre. To know Pascal’s wines is to know Sancerre.
Lighter, brisker version of red burgundy. Here, thanks to rigorous vineyard work to keep yields low and fully ripen the grapes, the Reverdy Sancerre is a wonderfully rich and fleshy wine. Colour is mid ruby, aromas being attractive and floral, with notes of red cherries and raspberries. Palate is medium bodied, silkily textured and ripe. This has glorious vibrancy, the finish being clean and with gentle tannins.
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir