Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol 2020

Without a doubt the crisp, intense and focused Sancerres of Gerard Boulay are some of my favorites year in and year out. From his Sancerre Chavignol on offer today to his stunning single vineyard wines, they are always at the top of the charts. The Boulay family have roots in the top tier Sancerre village of Chavignol that go back to 1380, with land records for that year that mention Jean Boulay as owner of vineyards in Chavignol.

Today Gerard Boulay farms his spectacular nine hectares of vineyards, planted on the slopes around the village in mainly Kimmeridgian “terre blanche” soils that are very similar to those of Chablis. He does all the work by hand, and has practiced organic farming since 1990.

The Chavignol cuvee on offer today is from multiple parcels and is made from the youngest vines. That said, the youngest of these were planted in 1972, making them almost 50 years old today! Wines are vinified as naturally as possible, with no yeast additions and little to no SO2 added during vinification. His philosophy is one of non-intervention, making the wines “au feeling”, and he says that “C’est la nature qui fait le vin” (Nature makes the wine). The results are some of the best examples of Sancerre on the market. They are also VERY limited, and we have just a handful of cases on offer today.

The Chavignol is also the best buy of all of his wines, at just under $30. The single vineyards are incredibly good, but sell for nearly double the price. This is a perfect summer white, stock up now while it lasts!

$29.97

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Gérard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol 2020
SRP $34.99
Sale $29.99

The Boulay family have roots in the top tier Sancerre village of Chavignol that go back to 1380, with land records for that year that mention Jean Boulay as owner of vineyards in Chavignol.

Today Gerard Boulay farms his spectacular vineyards, planted on the slopes around the village in Kimmeridgian, “terre blanche” soils that are very similar to the soils of Chablis.

Of the 9ha owned by Gerard Boulay, 8 of the hectares are on the slopes of Chavignol on Kimmeridgian or “terre blanche” soils (similar to the soils in Chablis). He does all the work by hand, and has practiced organic farming since 1990.
Country/Region: France, Loire, Sancerre
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Farming: Practicing organic, Gerard manually works the soil. All fruit is hand-harvested.
Terroir: Sourced from various parcels in the village of Chavignol, Base of Kimmeridgian limestone
Winemaking: Natural yeast fermentation in tank. Aged 8 months on lees in about 95% tank, 5% large used wood.

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