Reuilly – La Cuvée du Pé Miniau
|Producer||Domaine du Tremblay|
|Other Features||Vegan, Indigenous yeasts|
This cuvée is named after Maroussia’s ancestor (the grand father of her grand mother), who was born in 1852 and lived until 1936. He was a “peasant winemaker”, cultivating vines between Preuilly (village of Reuilly) Quincy and Brinay. His name was Etienne Miniau. “Le pé” is an affectionate berrichonne (the dialect of Berry) name for “le père” (“father”) and it was quite common to refer to older people that way. The photo on the label was taken in 1921 at the marriage of his daughter.
It is composed exclusively of Pinot Noir from:
– “La Commanderie” in Preuilly: vines planted in 2003 on a clay and gravel soil made from quaternary sedimentary terraces settled by the rivers which shaped the valley of the Cher.
– “Les Coignons” in Reuilly: young vines planted in 2010 and 2011 on a clay and limestone soil.
The grapes are hand harvested, put into small boxes and brought to the cellar, where they undergo a maceration under carbon dioxide, at 8°C, before the fermentation. The fermentation takes place slowly between 25 and 29°C. A one week maceration follows the end of fermentation.
This blend of press wine and free-run wine has been aged for 9 months in oak truncated-cone tanks. A powerful and concentrated wine, with black fruits and a spicy backbone. Around 1100 cases produced. 13.5% alcohol.
About the Producer
Jean Tatin and Chantal Wilk started the Domaines Tatin more than 20 years ago and were joined by their youngest daughter Maroussia in 2010. The property now spreads over 35 hectares of estate vineyards. The cuvées of Quincy are sold under Domaine du Tremblay and Domaine des Ballandors, and the cuvées of Reuilly under "Les Demoiselles Tatin" (4 hectares total, mostly Pinot Noir with the parcel "La Commanderie" and the rest for Sauvignon Blanc and some Pinot Gris). There are two separate cellars, one in Quincy and one in Reuilly. The total production is 170,000 to 200,000 bottles per year, with 10% reds - under the Reuilly appellation. The wines are vegan: the whites are fined with bentonite, the Reuilly is unfined.
Quincy is located just west of the famous vineyards of Sancerre in the central Loire Valley. This tiny appellation lies in the shadow of its very large neighbor Sancerre, along the River Cher. It consists of only 270 hectares of plateaux vineyards made up of old sand and gravel, shared amongst about 25 producers. This whole area of France was covered by an ancient ocean and the resulting limestone soils are ideal for Sauvignon Blanc cultivation. A pneumatic press employing low pressure is used for a controlled extraction and for preservation of the complete aromatic spectrum. The temperature controlled fermentation occurs in stainless-steel tanks with battonage of the fine lees for greater richness and texture.
Neighboring Quincy, the vineyard of Reuilly is spread over the departments of Indre and Cher and covers 300 hectares. Planted on gently sloping hillsides, the vines flourish on calcareous marl soils
Farming/sustainability practices: the domaine moves each year towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture.
- Weeds have been planted between the rows to control the vigor of the vines and insure high quality grapes and the soils have been mechanically worked for several years, to reach 100% mechanical weeding in 2018.
- Use of organic fertilizers and trials of green manures.
- No anti botrytis, insecticides and products classified as CMR are used.
- Hedges have been planted to promote biodiversity.
- Planting of vines from massal selection.
- Planting of old "forgotten" local grape varieties like Genouillet.
In 2021, a third of the vineyard became farmed organically.