2018 Sancerre La Côte, Gérard Boulay

Gérard's La Côte hails from the same highly-prized terres blanches (Kimmeridgian marl) vineyard as François Cotat's La Grande Côte (though in fact the parcel is officially called La Côte d'Amigny). The chalky soil here makes for the most austere of Gérard's 2018s, with a restrained nose that begins to open up with some air, hinting at the haunting beauty to come if you give it a few years to age. It is mineral and tense, nervous and fine-boned, with a precise and lingering finish.

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  • Region & country
  • Grape
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2032
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
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2018 Sancerre La Côte, 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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