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Cold climate Pinot Noir is one of our favorite things. This one is from the small appellation of Reuilly in the Eastern Loire Valley, where a domaine sharing the AOC's name is working to revive the reputation of its wines.
From the mouth of the importer (Kermit Lynch):
"The soils here are rich, resting on the prized Kimmeridgian limestone, a geological chain that connects the Loire Valley with Chablis in Burgundy. This limestone is valued for its high content of marine and shell fossils dating back 150 million years ago to the Jurassic period. These minerals are without equal for producing some of the most beautiful whites in France. Denis has been practicing sustainable agriculture for many years and has recently started the conversion process for organic certification. Though he uses both stainless steel tanks and oak, Denis is very proud to be able to select special oaks from his grandfather’s forest to make his barrels. This is the concept of “local” in its purest form."