It is said that in the 7th century, King Dagobert donated his fields, vineyards and meadows in the Reuilly appellation to the monks of the Abbaye Royale Saint Denis. With this gift, the wines of the appellation quenched the thirst of the lords of Bourges and Vierzon, and were even transported to England and Flanders via the waters of the Loire. The wines of Reuilly were also cited at the court of Catherine de Médicis, as “the best in the Berry” (Berry being the ancient name of the province). However at the end of the 19th century, phylloxera (an aphid parasite of the vine) decimated almost all of the Reuilly vines. The vineyards were then replanted by passionate winegrowers convinced of the potential of these wines and terroirs. This work was rewarded in 1937 when Reuilly gained Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status for its white wines and in 1961 for its red and rosé wines.

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Terroirs and climate

The Reuilly vineyard is distributed over two French administrative departments, Indre and Cher. The vines are planted on gently sloping hillsides where they thrive on marl and limestone soils, surmounted by high sandy-gravelly terraces over which the sun’s rays flow. These complementary terroirs, the different expositions and varied topography ensure considerable aromatic diversity in the wines which attain a beautiful maturity.

The climatic conditions for the development of the vine are almost ideal, with a temperate climate due to oceanic influence. The winters are cool with average temperatures of 3°C, while the summers are mild and salutary for the vines.

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Grape varieties

The Sauvignon Blanc grape is used to make the white wines of Reuilly, which express floral and fruity aromas with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Full and fresh on the palate, they have an intense aromatic finish. The red wines, which are produced using the Pinot Noir grape, express all the intensity of this grape variety, with notes of red and black fruit and a touch of spice, becoming full and silky on the finish. The rosé wines of the appellation are of great delicacy, revealing aromas of roses and white peaches. They draw their originality from the grape variety used to produce them: the Pinot Gris.

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