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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Reuilly, small but expanding French appellation so far inside the bend of the Loire that it is often described as coming from central France. Its most useful manifestation is as a less expensive and sometimes purer version of the sancerre appellation to the east made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes in one of the riper vintages. Considerable amounts of red and rosé wine are also made, from Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (the local Gamay is sold as igp). Pale pink Reuilly has its devotees. Unlike nearby quincy, Reuilly is not just a sleepy viticultural centre, and the best wines yielded by its 215 ha/531 acres of vineyards scattered on the limestone base around the village of Reuilly can be impressive. This Loire aoc (which consisted of just 30 ha in the early 1990s) is not to be confused with that of rully in the Côte Chalonnaise.