Situated in the west of Bourges in the heart of the Central-Loire Valley appellations of Quincy and Reuilly, Domaine Jean-Michel Sorbe offers a singular journey in taste.
The Domaine is located among the oldest appellations in France. Its geographical situation, its terroir and the vineyard work in accordance with the principles of sustainable viticulture give an additional dimension to its character.
Owner: Catherine Corbeau Mellot
The Sorbe and Mellot families met through a mutual friend and began working together in 1988. In 1999, after ten years of close collaboration, Domaine Joseph Mellot took over the Jean-Michel Sorbe vineyard. While the name was preserved to perpetuate its history, a new international stimulus was given to the estate. Today, Catherine Corbeau Mellot and her team continue to honor the history, tradition and superb terroirs of Quincy and Reuilly, applying authentic savoir-faire to produce the very finest of wines.
The Domaine Jean-Michel Sorbe vineyards are situated in the Reuilly and Quincy appellations. The vines are worked according to the principles of sustainable and responsible viticulture, respecting the soils, the terroirs and the biodiversity. For this reason, in 2017 the Domaine obtained Level 2 Environmental Certification.
- Reuilly: grainy sand, fairly light soils with a clay subsoil. The vineyards of Reuilly (A.O.C. founded in 1939) measures 150 hectares (370.50 acres). The grapes grown are Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Reuilly was once known for a vin Gris de Pinot Noir, which today is 15% of the area's production. In the vineyards of Reuilly, the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are given full expression, producing authentic wines of great quality.
- Quincy: 2 parcels are planted on alluvial deposits (sand and gravel from the beginning of the quaternary period); 1 parcel has a higher clay content with the presence of lacustrine limestone on the surface. The Quincy appellation (A.O.C. founded in 1936) measures 200 hectares (494 acres). It is the second oldest A.O.C. in France after Châteauneuf du Pape. The appellation almost disappeared as a wine after World War II, but today is staging a come back with new blood and new plantings. The vineyards lie around and between two towns, Quincy and Brinay. Quincy is a A.O.C. on the move and its A.O.C. status only applies to white wines, not red or rosé. The vineyards of Quincy are the cradle of Sauvignon Blanc. The vines are pruned to produce grapes that ensure wine of the very highest quality and taste with the utmost freshness, finesse and elegance.
The vines are 15 to 20 years old and are located on the left bank of the Cher River, southwest of Quincy. This vineyard enjoys good exposure to the sun and overlies hillocks composed of sandy alluvial deposits and gravel dating back to the Quaternary Period. Each terroir is managed with minimal intervention in an environmentally friendly approach. Vinification: Slow pressing. Fermentation took place under controlled temperatures (18°C).The wine was aged on fine lees for a minimum of 4 months. It was filtered only once before being bottled.
Pair with crustaceans, asparagus, or goat's cheeses.
After pouring, allow the wine to breathe for a few moments in the glass before enjoying so that it may fully release all of its aromas.
2017 Jean Michel Sorbe Reuilly Blanc - 90 PTS - JD
"The 2017 Reuilly Blanc (100% Sauvignon Blanc) is more straight and focused than the Quincy, offering a touch of flinty minerality as well as outstanding notes of lemon and citrus fruit, white flowers, and spice. It has notable elegance and is a balanced, vibrant white to drink over the coming 3-4 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 90 pts