Domaine Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy
is a property of about 14 hectares (36 acres) in the Sancerre appellation. Elder brother Pascal took over the reins in 1985, and Nicolas came back to the family estate in 1993. After Nicolas passed away in a tragic accident in 2007, his wife, Sophie, joined the estate.
Sauvignon Blanc dominates the property with 10.8 hectares (25 acres), and the remaining 3.6 ha (8.9 acres), including a small plot added to the estate in 2009, are dedicated to Pinot Noir. The soil is mainly Kimmeridgian clay-limestone known locally as terre blanche or “white earth.” A limestone parcel of Pinot Noir located between the villages of Sancerre and Bué is reserved for the cuvée A Nicolas.
Domaine Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy follows lutte raisonnée, controlling the vines' vigor, stimulating the life in the soil, and adapting all work to the needs of the vines. The Reverdys leave grass cover in the vineyards, debud, green harvest when necessary, thin the leaves, hoe the soil, and harvest by hand. The harvesting team is lodged at the estate, allowing them to harvest each parcel precisely at peak ripeness. The grapes are sorted in the vineyards, and the Sauvignon Blanc passes over a vibrating table before being transferred to a pneumatic press that respects its aromas and flavors by pressing gently and slowly. The Pinot Noir is sorted again in the winery and entirely destemmed, then it macerates for 3 to 4 weeks.