Reuilly

Loire

Domaine Henri Beurdin

In 1935, Alfred Beurdin planted his first Sauvignon Blanc vines in the parish...

of Preuilly, in the Reuilly appellation in central France. There, he worked his 2.5 hectares with only a horse and cart, eventually bottling his first vintage in 1947. Domaine Beurdin is now run by Alfred’s grandson, Jean-Louis. With a staff of four and a fully-equipped modern winery, Domaine Beurdin continues to make standout AOC Reuilly. The domaine is comprised of 19 hectares of vines, of which 70% is Sauvignon Blanc. The vines, with an average age of 25 years, are all in Preuilly and are planted on hillsides. The soils here are calcareous clay with terraces of sand, gravel and compact silt, due to the area’s proximity to the Cher river and its tributary, the Arnon. This soil gives a wine with a little more aromatic lift but similar minerality to a good Sancerre while offering excellent value.

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Vineyards

The vines have an average age of 25 years, are all in Preuilly and are planted on hillsides. The soils here are calcareous clay with terraces of sand, gravel and compact silt, due to the area’s proximity to the Cher river and its tributary, the Arnon. This soil gives a wine with a little more aromatic lift but similar minerality to a good Sancerre while offering excellent value.

Vintage Information

The Loire Valley was plagued by spring frosts and a wet summer causing a severe reduction in yields and making the vineyard owners work hard to manage the canopy and deter fungal growth. Grapes were harvested between the end of September and the beginning of October.

Vinification

The Sauvignon Blanc for the Reuilly is fermented in both temperature controlled stainless steel and some traditional enamel tanks. The wine spends between four and six months on fine lees, which adds a lovely richness to the finished wine.

Tasting Notes

This wine is dry, fresh and fruity, offering the typical aromatic nose of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Perfectly balanced, it offers herbaceous and citrus notes with wonderful steel-like minerality.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Loire
Winemaker Jean Louis Beurdin
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.45g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.5