For more than four centuries, Sancerre Roger Neveu has a rich history of winery craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation. Roger, who was Eric's and Jean-Philippe's father, seized the opportunity of the rapid development of a series of technology, growth, and trade dynamics in the postwar economic miracle and was determined to produce a wine that reflects his own personality.
The “Côte des Embouffants” is now under the care of the Neveu family, who has roots in the village of Verdigny—just half a mile from the vineyard—since the 12th century. Today, brothers Éric and Jean-Philippe Neveu produce a fresh-cut-grass-and-citrus-inflected Sauvignon Blanc of incredible precision from this site. They ferment and age it only in a tank and rack by gravity to preserve all the juicy, sun-ripened fruit and lively mineral snap conferred by this steep, limestone-covered hillside. Generously perfumed and incredibly refreshing, this bottling suggests that, nearly 250 years later, our old pal Poupart may have been onto something.