Domaine Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy is known for producing pure, high-quality expressions of Sancerre’s terroir. Wine making is the family’s tradition. Located in the Loire Valley, this region is famous for its extraordinary Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Wine-making with Family
The family lives in Maimbray, which is a small quaint village in the Centre-Val de-Loire Region. Its neighbors are Chavignol and Verdigny. The two brothers started the wine making operation on their own, gaining experience year after year. Their beginnings were humble, having almost no capital to start with. After an accident in the vineyards, Nicolas passed away. Now the domain is run by Pascal his wife and his brother’s wife.
Sancerrre is a viticultural region in Southern France (200 km south of Paris). The region covers almost 2,800 hectares and 14 districts. As far as classifying wines in Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc was recognized as an appellation controlee in 1936. Pinot Noir that produces red and rose wines received the A.O.C. classification in 1959. 2009 was the year that winemakers from the region decided to preserve and enhance the reputation of wines from Sancerre. The A.O.C. was developed with specific guidelines as to what wines would be produced and what methods should be used.
A Family’s Philosophy
Domaine Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy produces elegant and delicate wines while maintaining the integrity of the terroir and the health of the vines. The estate practices sustainable farming. It is a wine growing philosophy that recognizes the importance of the environment. This attention to detail is the diligence required to produce well balanced wines that are pure expressions of Sancerre. The domain harvests both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines. The soil is composed of clay limestone (marne) hillsides.
Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir
Domaine Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy’s whites are produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. They are the most planted vines on the vineyard, covering 10.8 hectares. The vines are 50 years old and harvested from a single hillside parcel.
The second grape planted by the domain is Pinot Noir, and it covers 2.6 hectares. The vines age from 26-65 years old. Their Pinot Noir wines are delicate, fruity and a pleasure to drink. Depending on the cuvee, the wines can be aged on lees in large oak or in a foudre. Both of these processes add complexity and structure to the already very well-balanced Pinot Noir. There are aromas of raspberries, blackcurrants and strawberries with notes of spices. Pinot Noir develops flavors of the same fruit found in the nose. The tannins are often ripe and smooth thanks to its aging process.
Pinot Noir is also used to produce a rose wine. It has a beautiful pink color with salmon-colored reflections. Domaine Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy’s rose produces aromas of citrus, red berries and floral notes. On the palate, this rose is refreshing, fruity and smooth.