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2016 Pinot Gris

Domaine de Reuilly

2016 Pinot Gris Domaine de Reuilly - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The first word that comes to mind when sipping this unique Pinot Gris rosé is delicacy: the color is a lovely pale pink, and the aromas will remind you of a blooming orchard. On the palate, the wine is silky yet showing a certain body. The final mineral notes bring extra life to it, revealing agreeable bitter nuances, and as Yves Leccia, the celebrated Corsican winemaker, says, “It’s the bitter notes that make a fine wine.”

Caterina Brault

$20.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Reuilly
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine de Reuilly
Winemaker: Denis Jamain
Vineyard: 10 years average, 2 ha
Soil: Siliceous Gravel
Farming: Organic (certified)
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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2015 Savennières Moelleux

Château d'Epiré  France  |  Loire  |  Savennières

$29.00

2016 Bourgueil “Trinch”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgeuil

$25.00

2013 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$54.00

2015 Quincy “Vieilles Vignes”

Domaine Trotereau  France  |  Loire  |  Quincy

$25.00

2015 Saumur Champigny “Terres Chaudes”

Domaine des Roches Neuves  France  |  Loire  |  Saumur-Champigny

$40.00

2016 Sancerre “Côte des Embouffants”

Domaine Roger Neveu  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

$25.00

2013 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$36.00

2016 Jasnières

Pascal Janvier  France  |  Loire  |  Jasnières

$21.00

2015 Sancerre Blanc “Cuvée Marcel Henri”

Daniel Chotard  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

$35.00
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2015 Chinon “Beaumont”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$30.00

2012 Bourgueil “Clos Sénéchal”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$35.00

Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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