Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre on an Autumn Day
It was a gorgeous Autumn weekend in Iowa. The trees shimmered in their bright leafy wardrobes while the wind blew piles of loose leaves skittering down the streets.
I showed up at my best friend’s home for the weekend, toting an old favorite wine. Years ago we discovered Sancerre wines while I lived in Europe. I don’t think we actually knew much about Sancerre, but we knew we loved the wine!
Sancerre, as we now know, is an appellation in the upper eastern Loire Valley that produces primarily white wines using 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes.These Sauvignon Blancs generally show mineral and citrus characteristics.
The Hippolyte Reverdy’s family has been making wine since perhaps as long ago as the 1600’s. Son Michael now heads the enterprise, making some outstanding Sancerre wines–both white and red.
His Sauvignon Blanc, which Jill and I enjoyed, shows lots of fruit with no grassy notes. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon are pleasant. On the palate the flavors are well integrated and oh, so fresh. Meyer lemon and pink grapefruit dominate with some sweeter tropical fruits woven in. The fruits are wrapped in bright acidity, while the palate remains gentle and elegant. Lovely Loire minerality adds a crisp finish.
Kermit Lynch is the importer of this wine and his description bears quoting here. He says, “One of the things I love about it is that it leaves on the lips, not the palate, not the throat, but on your lips, a fresh little lemony whisper…”
The Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre took Jill and I back to our European experience while also elevating our beautiful Autumn weekend.