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95 Points, Decanter
In what turned out to be a glorious 2020 growing season in the Loire Valley, Chevallier found a new gear, and he did something he never does, let someone take a crack at reviewing his Saumur-Champigny Cabernet. But when Europe’s stingiest and most respected wine critics got their hands on Villeneuve’s S-C, something unusual happened. Decanter met their match!! Chevallier blew them away, as I’ve seen so many times when I put these wines in front of someone new. They awarded his Saumur-Champigny 2020 a 95(!) and waxed poetically about the Cabernet Franc made off 40+ year old vines grown on sloping limestone hills.
Reverdy Ducroux is currently on their 14th generation of Ducroux winemakers operating with parcels right near the town of Verdigny. It’s incredibly prime real estate with rolling hilltops chalk full of rock Kimmeridigian limestone soils, giving a complexity and mineral component to the wines that most others can’t replicate. It’s super pure, with bright citrus notes, a round fleshy mouthfeel, cherry, raspberry and lemon flavors with tremendous balance and a fantastic minerally finish.
Etienne Daulny is the latest in a very long line of Daulnys to farm Sauvignon Blanc near the tiny hamlet of Verdigny in the appellation of Sancerre. He is currently in charge of farming over twenty small parcels including some incredibly well respected fifty-year-old vines. This is a classic Sancerre, aromatically dynamic, with intense fruit, distinct minerality and blazing acidity. It’s the white wine we drink most often at home. Beautiful structure and length to this with a youthful vibrancy that shines throughout.
Valéry represents the third generation of his family’s wine growing. His grandad must have been some kind of visionary as he was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the limestone laden vineyards of Reuilly. That limestone is key as it isn’t just sunny days that makes Pinot great. Limestone, like we find all over Burgundy, lends freshness and tension to Pinot that make it great with food and better with air, giving that all that generous fruit a real sense of crunch. The 2020 P’tit Renaudat Pinot soars from the glass, with a mixture of black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, gradually unfurling to reveal some aromas of rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruit and a long, fresh finish that will keep you coming back for more.
Valéry represents the third generation of his family’s wine growing. This beautiful white wine comes from multiple parcels of Sauvignon Blanc in the lieux-dit, Les Lignis, where the soils are clay-limestone over calcareous marl, full of Jurassic ammonite fossils, (just as they are in Menetou Salon and Sancerre). It hits with waves of green apple and pears, jasmine blossoms, and even some citrus – along with some nutty notes and hints of lavender. The more time it spends in the glass, the more it evolves, even adding a spicy factor on the finish that begs you to come back for more.
This one is electric, great minerality, great lemon lime and saltiness. It even has a little ageability. I’d drink this over the next few years. This is one of the absolute best expressions from the region (a Cru vineyard designate in 2011) and so perfect with anything out of the sea but in particular the raw bar. Crisp and clean stone fruit with some pear, and a lot of personality. This is a great new discovery wine to check out.