s there a better winemaker in Sancerre these days than Gerard Boulay? Of course one could bring up Vatan or the Cotat brothers, but those wines are made in a style that puts them in an almost separate category. And there a other producers we love (Vacheron, Crochet and Labaille to name a few), but what about the Sancerre style that made these wines loved all over the world in the first place?If you want a Sauvignon Blanc that is perfectly balanced between fresh, exuberant fruit and lean, saline minerality than Boulay really is your guy. This is the style of wine that was first discovered by ex pats and soldiers during the world wars and then began to really take off in U.S. bistros during the 1970's and '80's. It's simply delicious and extremely drinkable.However, Boulay's Sancerre has a distinct difference from those old school, maître d' w/ a faux French accent bistro wines: namely it is essentially "natural". The vineyards are farmed without chemicals and the winemaking is hands off, with only small amounts of sulphur added.And that is the trick! Pure, fun, fresh and delightful Sancerre that combines both the future and the past of this famous region.
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VARIETALSSauvignon BlancORGANICPracticingVINEYARDSourced from various parcels in the village of ChavignolSOILBase of Kimmeridgean limestoneVITICULTUREGerard manually works the soil. All fruit is hand-harvested.VINIFICATIONNatural yeast fermentation in tank.AGINGAged 8 months on lees in about 95% tank, 5% large used wood.
Loire Valley Wines
The Loire Valley is France’s greatest source of value for anyone looking for elegant, terroir-driven wines. Our collection celebrates the region’s great diversity, with the mineral-driven whites of Muscadet and Sancerre, the beautiful Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs from villages like Vouvray and Chinon, and natural wines from everywhere in the region. Sometimes wonderfully fresh and gulpable, sometimes serious and age-worthy, the prices are always very reasonable.