2016 Jean Reverdy "La Reine Blanche" Sancerre

SKU #1339378 91 points Wine Spectator

 **Smart Buy** A bright, herbaceous style, with flint, thyme and chive notes bouncing off one another, carried by crackling acidity through the racy finish. A chalky echo adds length. Drink now through 2019. (JM)  (11/2017)

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This picturesque 12 hectare Domaine is located in the village of Verdigny, one of Sancerre's best areas. The family estate dates back to 1650 and has a long history of wine production. Christophe Reverdy, son of the late Jean Reverdy, overseas all aspects of cultivation and vinification. The vineyards are planted on the three classic soils, Terres a Silex (flint-clay), Caillottes (limestone pebbles) and Terres Blanches (the calcareous white clay). Reverdy's wines are classic examples showing the purity of fruit and minerality that are the hallmarks of Sancerre.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2018 | Send Email
There is an ocean of Sancerre out there and one of my favorite jobs at K&L is to swim through it all and find the real standouts. In this instance, we came across a particularly inviting wine from one of our suppliers that has a long history in the appellation and delivers on its promise of all things classic and wonderful from this region. Domaine Jean Reverdy is a hallmark producer and this wine is from a benchmark vintage. The wines of 2016 have beautiful nerve and tension and the Reverdy delivers that with its perfume of grapefruit, fresh cut grass and chalky minerality. Where 2015 as a vintage had more exotic and borderline tropical nuances, people who have been drinking Sancerre long before it became "a thing" will be whisked back to the golden age when vibrancy and minerality were the first things you noticed in a great bottle from the region. Rejoice in the classic nature of this wine and its promise of other great things to come from the region.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
The Jean Reverdy La Reine Blanche is a classic Sancerre from Verdigny, one of the top villages in Sancerre. The estate dates back to 1650 and has been in the Reverdy family for 10 generations. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is vinified in all stainless steel with no usage of oak and no malolactic fermentation, keeping this crisp, sharp and focused. Chalky, limestone minerality, white peach and lime zest lead into a fresh, elegant palate. Perfect for seafood based dishes.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
This beautiful Sancerre reveals itself with a touch of tangerine/citrus notes followed by a round, crisp palate. Although not flinty it has plenty of minerality. I can think of nothing better to pair with a sautéed salmon with a creamy fresh herb sauce!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2018 | Send Email
Tasted in a lineup of other white wines, this little Sancerre immediately stood out to me. Not only is this one of my favorite regions, but this wine has achieved near perfect balance of fruit and minerality. It remains light and crisp, as is classic in Sancerre, with striking aromas of white flowers, honeydew and lemon curd. On the palate it is taught and focussed, but with a nice rounded fruit presence that works seamlessly with the bright acidity and chalky mineral components.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
Alcohol Content (%): 13