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Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Comtesse, 2018

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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...

VINTAGE
2018
BOTTLE SIZES
1.5 L
COUNTRY
France
REGION
Loire
APPELLATION
Sancerre
WINE TYPE
White
VARIETALS
Sauvignon Blanc
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
From 50 year old vines located in the sweet spot of the Mont Damnes vineyard
SOIL
Kimmeridgian Clay or "terre blanche" (similar to the soils of Chablis)
VITICULTURE
Gerard works the soils manually, the vines are farmed using organic methods and all grapes are harvested by hand.
VINIFICATION
Natural yeast fermentation in 300L barrels (no new wood).
AGING
Aged on the lees in a combination of barrel (300L, no new wood) and tank then bottled unfiltered in July.
NOTES
The most powerful and complex wine from Boulay's lineup, with an incredible intensity of fruit and a strong mineral core. Definitely one to put away and follow for years to come…

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