Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tour de France: Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, JEAN REVERDY "La Reine Blanche" Loire, France, 2011

Perfectly balanced and excitingly delicious, this is the wine that has me delighted by Sauvignon Blanc again!  While Domaine Jean Reverdy has almost 30 acres of vineyard, only 10% of this in on clay and limestone white soils ("La Reine Blanche"), locally in the Loir they call it the "Terres Blanches" and it is more widely know as “kimmeridgian,” and famed for the high-toned flavors and assertive minerality it gives to wine grapes.  
  • Sweet fruity
  • Acacia Flowers
  • Jasmine 
  • Tart Citrus
  • Minerality

"La Reine Blanche" vines are 25 years old and older, the vinification is cold fermentation in stainless steel tank, no oak, no malolactic fermentation, the grapes and land really shine as the stars of this wine.  Only 100,000 bottles per year are produces, only 70% of that is exported and just a fraction of that comes to the USA, making it a rare treat and an exciting wine to taste!  

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