Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge 2017

Hippolyte Reverdy is an iconic Sancerre domaine with a family history going back to around 1600. The estate in the lovely village of Verdigny was a traditional farm with multiple crops, goats etc. that produced a little wine for local consumption until demand for their excellent wines, mainly from Paris, prompted Hippolyte Reverdy to plant more vines after WWII. Son Michel Reverdy joined his father and brothers in 1971 and since has become the sole family member running the property. Currently farming 14 hectares, Michel's wines have become some of the most sought after wines in Sancerre, especially in France where they're found almost exclusively on the best wine lists in the country. As good as his Sancerre Blanc is however, the most exciting wine own the cellar here is his Sancerre Rouge; a gorgeous rendition of Pinot Noir that gives many Chambolle-Musigny a run for their money at a fraction of the ever climbing prices of those wines.

There isn't very much Pinot Noir planted at the domaine and of the few hectares Michel farms, just a bit is made into a rouge as opposed to the classic Sancerre Rosé. The Pinot vines here are close to 40 years old and planted on siliceous clay and gravel over limestone giving the wine it's gossamer texture. Farming here is sustainable and all done manually by Michel who apparently spends most of his time working the vines and is notorious for his 7 day work weeks and infrequent vacations. Fruit is hand harvested, bunches destemmed and fermentation lasts for 2-3 weeks. The wine is aged in 400 liter old demi-muids for one year and bottled unfiltered.

 The 2017 vintage troublesome in most of the Loire with spring frosts doing some real damage further west in the region but sparing most of the central vineyards like Sancerre. Summer weather was warm and the Pinot Noir ripened perfect. The 2017 rouge  here is just lovely. Delicate Pinot fruit with notes of wild strawberry, spice and mineral with more of a Volnay than Chambolle texture in this vintage. Bright acidity and a well defined, silky texture that can only come from Pinot Noir grown on limestone. Very little of this wine is exported and just a handful of cases imported to the west coast.

Type: France

Vendor: Eno Fine Wine

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