Wednesday, 8 March 2017
2014 Cuvée André, Reuilly (Rouge), Claude Lafond
2014 Cuvée André, Reuilly (100% Pinot Noir)
Cuvée André commemorates André Lafond, the father of the late Claude Lafond and grandfather of Nathalie who now runs the domaine. In the 1960s André, who worked in the vineyards, saved up and bought a few hectares in Reuilly. At that time Reuilly, like nearby Quincy, was close to disappearing entirely.
Due to the efforts and vision of Claude, who took over when his father died in 1977, the fortunes of Reuilly were turned around. From around 48 hectares then, when Claude was instrumental in transforming Reuilly, to today with 225 hectares in production with a much more vibrant and optimistic appellation – albeit still small in the grand scheme of things.
Sadly Claude died suddenly of a heart attack in October 2015.
Cuvée André is mid-weight with the typical Pinot Noir red fruits and characteristic Loire freshness in the finish.
The late Claude Lafond
The Claude Lafond winery in Reuilly