I've included this Reuilly in this month's Wine Club as a tribute to one of the great Loire Valley' wine-makers of his Generation, Claude Lafon, who sadly died in October of last year. He was a visionary and he saved the appellation of Reuilly from extinction with his hard work during the 80s and 90s, re-establishing the region with his own high quality wine, and by encouraging others to cultivate here too.Read More
Grape cultivation dates back to the seventh century in this small appellation located in the Loire Valley. Nowhere near as famous as its neighbours Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé, the white wines of Reuilly are also made from Sauvignon Blanc. It wasn't until the 1980s that we first started to see the popularity of this grow enough for it to make an impact on markets outside of France, but today it is one of those great regions that rewards those that are 'in the know'.
The wine I've included in your packs is made at the modern, state-of-the-art facility, built by Cluade when his daughter Natalie decided to join the business in 2012. Despite being told he was mad to try and resurrect Reuilly when he first inherited the Vineyard from his father in 1977, Claude fought for it and the modern facilities that his Natalie now inherits will, I'm sure, continue to produce superb wines that are off the radar for many people.