2018 Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu, Gérard Boulay

Unlike his neighbours who use the lieu dit name Cul de Beaujeu, Gérard keeps the original 'Clos' in his, as his vines lie within the oldest part of the vineyard, that had originally been surrounded by a wall. They sit in the chalky Kimmeridgian terres blanches soils of the dramatically steep south-east facing slope that rises up behind the village of Chavignol. Of Gérard impressive array of 2018s, this is the most opulant in character, the most open and forward in its youth, with fleshy fruits and just a hint of tropical succulence, twinned with a superbly fresh cut of acidity.

Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£36.28
Case, 12 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£435.36

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13%
2018 Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu, Gérard Boulay
Gérard Boulay

As you drive into the village of Chavignol from Sancerre, you pass the impressive modern cellar of one of the Loire region’s greatest producers: Gérard Boulay. His 11 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc are all located on steep terres blanches Kimmeridgian marl hillsides, and his single vineyard wines draw from the best sites around the hamlets of Chavignol and Amingy.

Along with neighbours like François Cotat, Gérard makes wines that leave their grape variety far behind, with no trace of herbaceous one-dimensionality. Instead, his wines are arrestingly beautiful expressions of the unique terroirs of the region, displaying beguiling floral characters and a chalky, limestone freshness that truly speaks of their place of origin. The wines are thrilling, delicate and captivating in their youth, and profoundly soulful with age.

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