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2014 Sancerre Rouge

Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy

2014 Sancerre <i>Rouge</i> Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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

$28.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sancerre
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy
Winemaker: Michel 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
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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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

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