Domaine Bailly Reverdy Sancerre La Mercy Dieu Rose is a superb Loire rose wine made from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards with 50% flinty soils and 50% marl soils.
Domaine Bailly Reverdy was established in the 1950s by Bernard Reverdy. The business was continued by his two sons, Jean- Francois, who unfortunately died in 2005, and Franck who studied oenology at Bordeaux. Jean-Francois son Aurelian, Francks nephew, joined the family firm in 2005 after studying oenology in Montpellier and Beaune and working vintages in both New Zealand and Oregon. The domaine consists of around 23 hectares of vineyard planted with approximately 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Pinot Noir. The domaine is based in the village of Bué-en-Sancerre 5kms away from the village of Sancerre. Whilst not fully organic, the estate practices sustainable agriculture known as La Lutte Raisonnée, literally the reasoned struggle, which means they use minimal and less aggressive chemicals than other conventional growers. No mineral chemical fertilizers or herbicides are used and grass is allowed to grow between their vines.
The Pinot Noir grapes for the Domaine Bailly Reverdy Sancerre La Mercy Dieu Rose are hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. The wine making is essentially the same as for the white wine. The grapes are sorted for a second time at the winery prior to a gentle pneumatic pressing and cold settling lasting between 12 and 24 hours. The wine then undergoes a natural alcoholic fermentation in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. The resultant wine is a very delicate pink colour with a hint of orange that the French call “l’oeil de perdrix”, or “partridge eye”.