October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Kermit once said that anyone who could produce an impressive Pinot Noir in an unlikely place like Sancerre deserved investigation. I invite you to investigate the wild side to Reverdy’s Pinot Noir, with its rusty red color and hint of smokiness on the nose reminiscent of the brambly qualities of middle-Loire Cabernet Franc. This Sancerre rouge is light on its feet, with black cherry notes that would complement game fowl. –Emily Spillmann
|Producer:||Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy|
|Vineyard:||30 years average, 3 ha|
|Soil:||Siliceous Clay, Gravelly limestone|
|Aging:||Wine is racked into 400-L barrels for the year, interrupted only by a natural malolactic fermentation in the Spring|
Éric Chevalier France | Loire | Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu
Hippolyte Reverdy’s family has been making wine in the charming village of Verdigny for many generations. The Reverdys raised goats on a traditional multi-crop farm, making small quantities of wine for local consumption. It wasn’t until after WWII that Hippolyte and his sons began increasing production and bottling under their own label. Michel joined his father and brothers at the domaine in 1971. Shortly after Kermit began working with the domaine in 1983, the passing of Hippolyte and untimely deaths of Michel’s two brothers brought a climate of sadness to the domaine. Slowly but surely, Michel has found his own rhythm. He crafts an unfiltered Sancerre rouge in traditional demi-muids—one of a kind, it’s the talk of Sancerre.
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174