Gerard Boulay Sancerre Tradition 2019

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Tasting Notes

“To my palate, Gérard Boulay is undoubtedly on the top tier of producers in Chavignol. His wines have a vibrant purity, evident ripeness, feel devoid of any raw varietal character and reflect the soils from which they are born. Indeed, in terms of purity and daringly racy, I do wonder whether he shouldn't be placed at the very top of the tier. I certainly find his wines sufficiently exciting, breath-taking in their assured poise, to suggest this might be the case” Chris Kissack,


With freshness and vigour to the fore, 2019 is another standout release for Gérard Boulay's Chavignol bottling. As always, this is drawn from mature, 35- to 40-year-old vines rooted entirely in the limestone soils of Chavignol. The multiple sites are largely sloping vineyards on the lower flanks of the Chavignol hillside terroirs of Les Chasseignes, Les Longues Fins and La Rue de Vaux. Importantly, Boulay also includes fruit from his younger vines growing on the great hillside of La Grande Côte. The juice was naturally fermented and aged for eight months in tank on lees, with a small volume also fermented in a single large wooden cask.


This wine is the only blended cuvée in the Boulay line-up, yet even here we can taste the kind of finesse, texture, and that stony/earthy/salty minerality that has made this humble grower one of France's most respected vignerons. As always, it's a benchmark that showcases the remarkable terroir that is Chavignol. In the world we live in today, it's an absolute bargain. - Importers Notes

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