Pascal Reverdy Loire Valley, France.
Pascal Reverdy’s domaine is based in the tiny hamlet of Maimbray. Maimbray is located in a valley surrounded by chalk hills adjacent to Chavignol and Verdigny. From their small cellar they produce one of France’s most highly awarded Sancerres.
The Reverdy’s are highly accomplished viticulturists. They take great pride in their vineyards and they make it clear that the quality of the fruit comes from constant work and attention to every little detail in the vineyard throughout the year. The white Sancerre ‘Terre de Maimbray’ is picked at approximately 13° baumé and shows wonderful concentration of pure Sauvignon Blanc fruit, with chalky mineral flavours adding another dimension.
The Reverdy’s reputation concerns both red and white cuvées, and there is also a rosé produced here. In the vineyard, yields are restricted and fruit is hand harvested. Each plot is fermented separately, and the cellar is well equipped with the option of stainless steel or wood for the fermentation and naturally, temperature control to preserve the freshness that characterises the white wines of the region. There are several white cuvées, starting with the straight Sancerre, and the Terre de Maimbray bottlings. Then comes Les Coûtes, from a single hillside plot of 50 year old vines, harvested at 45 hl/ha, followed by the Vielles Vignes, made from vines aged over 60 years, mostly from a single plot, harvested at less than 40 hl/ha, and fermented in old oak or acacia. All the wines rest on their lees over the winter, before bottling the following spring. These are wines of richness and depth that are gaining increasing recognition.
2017 Sancerre Terre de Maimbray
100% Sauvignon blanc from 20+ year-old vines, hand-picked and sorted, pneumatically pressed and cool fermented in stainless steel. Matured in tank on fine lees for 6 months.
‘This is the very latest vintage, currently still in cuve, and I expect it will be bottled some time around April 2018. Aromatically it commences with a very fresh, open, saline character. The palate shows a real elegance and polish, lightly leafy white peaches underpinned by a gentle bed of acid fruits, and a lovely chalky-mineral substance to it as well. This is very good indeed.’ (91-93) points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, February 2018.
2016 Sancerre Terre de Maimbray
‘I find a lot of minerally confidence here, with a wonderfully precise pine needle and citrus pith character, fresh and lifted, elegant even, dusted with scents of white flower and citrus fruit. This style comes across very true on the palate, emboldened by a touch of blanched almonds. A pretty palate, with a nicely saline minerality, overall a very correct style, with a long and chalky bite to the finish. Good.’ 92 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, February 2018.
2015 Sancerre Terre de Maimbray
‘A sample from cuve. I get fresh, pure, citrus fruits on the nose, oranges and citrus zest especially. A very fresh and bright style to the palate, with a slightly more muted acid frame than the 2014 vintage, but still supple and cool. Very fruit-dominated, but with a good acid freshness through the middle, cool and defined, bitter and interesting.’ 16-17/20 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, February 2016.
2014 Sancerre Terre de Maimbray
‘A sample from cuve. Lightly cloudy. Lovely expressive fruit on the nose, ripe, open and convincing. Similarly convincing but ripe Sauvignon style on the palate, wonderfully polished, fresh, with great depth of flavour, sweet and exotic citrus fruit notes, with some lightly musky edges. Lovely exuberant finish. Fabulous potential here – great stuff.’ 16.5-17.5/20 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, February 2015.
2013 Sancerre “Terre de Maimbray”
‘A sample from cuve. Very fine, clean and expressive fruit on the nose. Pithy fruit, a little greenness to it, going into capsicum and asparagus. Very broad, rounded and softly textured on the palate, attractive in its approachability, with a little fruit pith beneath, carrying the same fruit profile as on the nose. Nice acid, a little cream to it, and a tense, acid-bound finish. Clean throughout. Good.’ 16-17/20 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, February 2014.