DOMAINE DE REUILLY 'LES PIERRES PLATES' LOIRE VALLEY BLANC - 2018

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2018 Domaine Reuilly Sauvignon Blanc

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DOMAINE DE REUILLY 'LES PIERRES PLATES' LOIRE VALLEY BLANC - 2018

 

When tasting the wines of Denis Jamain, it is

clear that the appellation of Reuilly, in the

eastern Loire, is experiencing a renaissance,

moving far beyond its former status as the

“poor man’s Sancerre.” This land was once a

source of great pride, having been part of a

gift of the 7th century king, Dagobert, to the

Royal Abbey of Saint Denis. Phylloxera had

ravaged the majority of the vineyards here in

the late 19th century, but Camille Rousseau

(Denis’ maternal grandfather) had faith in

the future of Reuilly. In 1935, he planted his

first vines here, in addition to farming a large

oak forest on the outskirts of town. Denis

shares his grandfather’s passion for the

vineyards and the forest, as well as his

hometown pride. Though he studied in the

United States and speaks excellent English,

this charismatic and friendly gentleman

wanted nothing more than to return home to

take over the family domaine. In 1990, Denis

began adding to the family holdings. Today,

he farms a total of seventeen hectares in the

heart of the appellation, with eleven planted

to Sauvignon Blanc, four planted to Pinot Noir,

and two planted to Pinot Gris, which makes

his superb and distinctive Reuilly rosé.

 

The soils here are rich, resting on the prized

Kimmeridgian limestone, a geological chain

that connects the Loire Valley with Chablis in

Burgundy. This limestone is valued for its

high content of marine and shell fossils dating

back 150 million years ago to the Jurassic period.

These minerals are without equal for producing

some of the most beautiful whites in France.

Denis has been practicing sustainable agriculture

for many years and has recently started the

conversion process for organic certification.

Though he uses both stainless steel tanks and

oak, Denis is very proud to be able to select

special oaks from his grandfather’s forest to

make his barrels. This is the concept of “local”

in its purest form.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Domaine is certified organic as of 2011

• As of 2015, all vineyards except the Pinot Gris

are certified biodynamic

• Vineyards are all worked by hand

• Limited yields

• Harvested by hand

• Vinifications are traditional and temperature-

controlled

• Cold maceration before the alcoholic fermentation

last 3-4 days
• Fermentation lasts 15 days with only indigenous

yeasts
• Daily punchdowns and pumpovers for

approximatively 5 days depending on the vintage

and then one pumpover every 2 days until the

end of the fermentation
• Reuilly rouge “Les Chênes” is aged for 12 months

in barrel (25% new, 25% 1 year old, 25% 2 years

old, 25% 3 years old)

• Oaks are harvested from Jamain’s own forest to

make the barrels for the Pinot Noir

• Pinot Gris made by direct press, does not undergo

malolactic fermentation

 

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