Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu, 2018 (1.5L)

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Young, these wines make great aperitifs or pairings with fresh goat cheese. As they develop, they become very serious wines that can even pair with roasted meats. They are spectacular to dink out of magnum after just a few years of cellaring.

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.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"Boulay’s 2018 Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu, tasted from magnum, is gracious, airy and understated. Everything about the 2018 speaks to finesse. Lemon oil, mint, sage and white pepper all open with a bit of air, lending brightness and creating a very appealing upper register to play off the fruit"