Gerard Boulay Clos Beaujeu Sancerre 2016

"A small parcel of 30 to 60 year old vines on Le Cul de Beaujeu is the third great site of Boulay. The soils here are pebbly and calcareous ? the caillottes ? and the site is strewn with fossilised gravel which, along with the 60% gradient, make this a parcel very difficult to farm. Clos de Beaujeu is the...



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Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Brand Name
Gerard Boulay
Style
White Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Loire

Product Description

"A small parcel of 30 to 60 year old vines on Le Cul de Beaujeu is the third great site of Boulay. The soils here are pebbly and calcareous ? the caillottes ? and the site is strewn with fossilised gravel which, along with the 60% gradient, make this a parcel very difficult to farm. Clos de Beaujeu is the dark heart of Boulay's vineyards; the source of its inkiest, earthiest wines. Similarly powerful to the Monts-Damnés cuvée, this is a more savoury, spicier example that proudly exhibits its deep character and substance alongside its chalk-sculpted palate. White flower, anise and nutmeg notes are underscored by a citrus-burst freshness that teases out the long finish. In the glass, this has as much in common with a young Puligny as it does with the generalised notion of Sauvignon Blanc!" - Importers Note

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Gerard Boulay Clos Beaujeu Sancerre 2010
"Strong oil and fusil notes combine with pungent lime and grapefruit zest, green herbs, and suggestions of iodine in the complex and penetrating nose of Boulay's 2010 Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu, setting the tone for a brightly and juicily citric, herb and mineral-saturated palate performance, over which a bittersweet floral perfume hangs alluringly. This finishes with tingling brightness, zesty piquancy, mouthwatering salinity and grip, albeit less long-lined and diversely mineral than the corresponding Mont Damnes. And like that wine, it became more expressive after it had been open for half an hour. Here is another candidate for at least a decade's cellaring, though it could certainly be drunk without regret today. In a reversal of the procedure Boulay followed with this year's Mont Damnes, the Clos de Beaujeu fermented in tank and was then raised in assorted (older 300-liter) barrels."
92 Points David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate #201


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