Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy, Pinot Noir, Sancerre Rouge, Loire Valley, France 2019
Pinot Noir from 30 year old vines on clay and gravelly limestone soil.
The grapes are entirely de-stemmed; fermentation lasts 2-3 weeks. The must undergoes pump-over twice a day for ideal tannin and color extraction. The wine is racked into 400L barrels for the year, interrupted only by a natural malolactic fermentation in the spring. The wine is then racked almost a year after the harvest for the final blending; it is finally bottled unfiltered.
Hippolyte Reverdy’s family has been making wine in the charming village of Verdigny, a commune of Sancerre in the eastern Loire, for many generations, but it was not until the end of World War II that Hippolyte began increasing his Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir production. Michel Reverdy assumed responsibility for the farm in the mid 1980s, and has remained a "true vigneron" ever since, living on and working the land, and eschewing the flashy lifestyle of many a modern winemaker.
This rouge is the talk of Sancerre: one of a kind.