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Reuilly ‘Les Fossiles', Domaine de Reuilly 2020

White Wine from France - Loire
4.250000000 star rating 4 Reviews
This fine Loire sauvignon is grown on ancient soils with a high proportion of marine fossils (hence the name), which imbue the wine with a sophisticated minerality with delightful fragrant white-flower and citrus notes.
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Code: LO16521

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, plastic
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If you like Chablis, buyer Joanna Locke MW recommends you try Reuilly ‘Les Fossiles', Domaine de Reuilly 2020. Video transcript

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Reuilly Les Fossiles Organic, Domaine de Reuilly 2020 

Domaine de Reuilly lies in the Loire’s Central Vineyards, that area to the south-west of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations, which also includes Quincy, Menetou-Salon; specialist in sauvignon blanc. And this is a property that’s owned by the lovely Denis Jamain, whose idiosyncrasy is to play music to his vines which he thinks, as well as biodynamics and organics, helps with the quality. It’s from a single vineyard, older vines, crisp and very pure, always, always reliable. And it’s a vineyard that contains lots of marine fossils, 150 million years old, which give it a kind of a minerality and a salinity a little bit like the wines of Chablis, which share the same soils. So if you like Chablis, try this. 

Denis Jamain

Denis Jamain' s Domaine de Reuilly comprises 18 hectares of vineyards all in the commune of Reuilly. There are 11 hectares of sauvignon blanc and 4 hectares of pinot noir on the vineyards of Les Coignons and Les Pierres Plates in limestone-clay soils which resemble those in Chablis, and these contribute to the wine's stony and mineral character, even in riper vintages. The Kimmeridgian soil contains a high proportion of crushed sea shells that are over 150 million years old. The three hectares of pinot gris, which are used to make a vin gris rosé, are on the vineyards of Les Chatillons and Les Conges on sand and gravels. The grapes travel a maximum of 2km from vineyards to the shared winery in Reuilly.

It was Denis' maternal grandfather, Camille Rousseau, who first planted vines on the family's property in 1935, starting with just two hectares of sauvignon blanc. His other passion was forestry and Denis still manages the family's oak plantings in the village of Vatan. Today six people work permanently for the domaine: four in the vineyards, one in the winery and one on sales and marketing. With the help of Patrick Ragu, Denis has farmed organically since 2007, using biodynamic practices since 2012. The first Reuilly Les Pierres Plates, our preferred cuvée, was made in 1998. Older vine fruit now goes into the new Les Fossiles cuvée, produced from 2011. 2013 was the second year of trialling playing music eight minutes a day in the vineyards, in the hope it, along with...
Denis Jamain' s Domaine de Reuilly comprises 18 hectares of vineyards all in the commune of Reuilly. There are 11 hectares of sauvignon blanc and 4 hectares of pinot noir on the vineyards of Les Coignons and Les Pierres Plates in limestone-clay soils which resemble those in Chablis, and these contribute to the wine's stony and mineral character, even in riper vintages. The Kimmeridgian soil contains a high proportion of crushed sea shells that are over 150 million years old. The three hectares of pinot gris, which are used to make a vin gris rosé, are on the vineyards of Les Chatillons and Les Conges on sand and gravels. The grapes travel a maximum of 2km from vineyards to the shared winery in Reuilly.

It was Denis' maternal grandfather, Camille Rousseau, who first planted vines on the family's property in 1935, starting with just two hectares of sauvignon blanc. His other passion was forestry and Denis still manages the family's oak plantings in the village of Vatan. Today six people work permanently for the domaine: four in the vineyards, one in the winery and one on sales and marketing. With the help of Patrick Ragu, Denis has farmed organically since 2007, using biodynamic practices since 2012. The first Reuilly Les Pierres Plates, our preferred cuvée, was made in 1998. Older vine fruit now goes into the new Les Fossiles cuvée, produced from 2011. 2013 was the second year of trialling playing music eight minutes a day in the vineyards, in the hope it, along with biodynamics, will help against the vine disease l'esca (by stimulating amino acids), which is a particular problem in sauvignon blanc.
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Decanter

On Kimmeridgian soils with plenty of fossil shells, this 18ha estate produces fine sauvignon. Bright, fresh lemon notes and an intriguing hint of white flowers and ripe peach on the nose. Restrained...
On Kimmeridgian soils with plenty of fossil shells, this 18ha estate produces fine sauvignon. Bright, fresh lemon notes and an intriguing hint of white flowers and ripe peach on the nose. Restrained palate with great focus, crystalline fruit character and a fine line of acidity. Classy.
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Andy Howard MW

Sussex Express

One of my absolute favourites is a sauvignon blanc from the small central region of Reuilly, which can give many a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé a run for their money. [This] is an organic wine, with ...
One of my absolute favourites is a sauvignon blanc from the small central region of Reuilly, which can give many a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé a run for their money. [This] is an organic wine, with great depth and minerality from the marine fossils found in the soil.
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