Domaines Tatin Reuilly 'Les Demoiselles Tatin' Blanc 2019 75cl
Sauvignon... well made.... lesser known appellation.... flavourful.... what more do you need?
Peter's Score: 87pts
Jean and Chantal are the largest ‘outside’ investor in the Reuilly appellation. The initiative to plant vineyards here began in 1996 when Jean purchased 1.5ha in La Commanderie in Preuilly from his maternal family (who first acquired the land in 1873); it took him six years of battling with the authorities before he received permission to start planting Pinot Noir. In addition, he also purchased a small parcel in Les Lignis, just to the south of the town of Reuilly, and he has established Sauvignon Blanc and seven ares of Pinot Gris here.
There are three separate wines produced; the white first appeared in 2006 and accounts for around 4,800 bottles a year, a Reuilly rosé from Pinot Gris (although Tatin doesn’t rule out adding between 10 and 15% Pinot Noir to ‘correct’ the colour). The rouge is all hand-picked and raised in Tronçais oak. The labels for Les Demoiselles Tatin were inspired by Les Trois Graces, a bronze by the late Angevin artist, Jacques Tempereau and, as the name suggests, the vineyards in Reuilly were planted with the next generation of Tatin-Wilks in mind; their youngest daughter, Maroussia, joined her parents in the business in 2010 at the age of 25.
Whist Reuilly might have a single dominant figurehead in the form of Claude Lafond, the growers in Quincy appear much more egalitarian in their sense of responsibility for promoting their appellation. But if one man could be singled out as the most important proselytizer for Quincy it would be Jean Tatin. Since his return to the farm his work in researching the history, geography, topography and sociology of his native region makes him a walking work of reference. Aided by the strong willed and music loving Chantal, together they are one of the most important voices in these two appellations.
Country: France | Region: Loire Valley | Alcohol: TBC | Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc | Family Producer