Domaine Roger Neveu
The Neveu family’s roots in the Loire Valley are nothing short of impressive, even for European standards. The local archives show that a Jean Neveu lived in the village of Verdigny (where the family still resides) as early as the 12th century, and family documents prove that they already owned and ran an agricultural estate in 1641. It is known that grapevines made up part of the property in the 19th century, but they were sadly destroyed in the phylloxera epidemic so it wasn’t until the after World War II that grape growing regained an important place at the domaine, with nearly all of their wine sold in bulk through the 1960s. It was Roger Neveu, father to current owners Éric and Jean-Philippe, who during the 1970s brought the domaine into its contemporary incarnation by making and bottling his own wine, and selling it directly to customers, friends, restaurants, and importers. In 2017, the family obtained a vineyard in neighbouring Pouilly Fumé, thus fulfilling Roger’s dream of producing premium Sauvignon in both Sancerre and Puilly Fumé.
The domaine is currently operated by the brothers Jean-Philippe and Eric Neveu with their sons Florent and Baptiste being groomed to eventually take over the family estate to ensure the continuity of the long family tradition. Their vineyards are planted with Sauvignon Blanc (75%) and Pinot Noir (24% for red wine and 1% for rosé wine production).