This is a little gem we found from Sancerre, which is a hot wine category for wine right now. Oliver Richard's grandfather Lucien Reymond inspired and mentored Oliver, who was born in the Rhone valley. Lucien had a negociant business in the south of France where the two worked together at times, but Lucien's real dream was to make wine. Lucien's desire to make world-class Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire valley would never happen but instilled a passion in Oliver, who thirty years later would start his own project in the Loire and name it after his Grandfather, Lucien Reymond.
Oliver works with the Fouassier Family, one of the largest landowners in the Loire valley, and is also friends with the Vacheron clan, one of the top producers in Sancerre. Oliver vines are farmed Biodynamically and are, on average, thirty years of age with soils consisting of a mix of clay, marl, and limestone. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and left on the less for 12 months. This is a powerful version of Sancerre made in style, much like the wines of Domaine Vacheron. Aromas of white grapefruit, green melon, gooseberry, peach pit, minerals, and white flowers. The palate has incredible density and notes of citrus, liquid minerals of chalk, and saline with a savory component. This is textbook Sancerre and genuinely worth considering!