Domaine Reverdy Ducroux

Domaine

 

Domaine Reverdy Ducroux is a long established family of winemakers in the village of Verdigny in Sancerre. Laurent is the new generation farming,  alongside his father Alain, the seventy-five acres of vineyards spreading over seventy distinct parcels. Laurent can trace back his family in Verdigny and their wine growing activity to fourteen generations as the domaine was created in 1550.

 

The domaine is medium-sized for Sancerre and covers various type of soils and climats. The main vineyards are located around the winery in Verdigny, and vines in this area are grown on a limestone soil known locally as “terres blanches” which brings the typicity of Sancerre to the sauvignon blanc grapes.

 

But the domaine also farms other vineyards in the village of Bué, in the famous and rather unique “Chêne Marchand” climat, and various parcels with more flinty soil components.

The flinty parcels are bottled separately under the cuvee Silex (flint in French) as is the Chêne Marchand also bottled under its own vineyard name.

PRODUCER PROFILE

Estate owner: Alain & Laurent Reverdy

Winemaker: Laurent Reverdy

Estate founded: 1550

Region: Loire Valley

 

Philosophy

The domaine farming practices are traditional “reasonable struggle”. The clay and limestone vineyards are ploughed and natural fertilisers are used. Harvest is done mechanically. The winery is quite modern, using gentle presses and temperatured controlled stainless steel tanks for fermenting, and cement tanks for aging. Some Sancerre rouge cuvees and the Sancerre blanc Chêne Marchand are barrel fermented.

Fermentation temperature are kept low below 60 F. The wine is aged on its lees for few 6 months before bottling.