Gerard Boulay Sancerre Tradition 2017

Boulay's Tradition is drawn from as many as 30 small parcels of mature, 35-40 year old vines rooted entirely in the limestone soils of Chavignol (far and away the finest terroir of Sancerre). These sites are largely sloping vineyards on the lower flanks of the Chavignol hillside terroirs of Les Chasseignes, Les Longues Fins and Le...



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

Product Description

Boulay's Tradition is drawn from as many as 30 small parcels of mature, 35-40 year old vines rooted entirely in the limestone soils of Chavignol (far and away the finest terroir of Sancerre). These sites are largely sloping vineyards on the lower flanks of the Chavignol hillside terroirs of Les ChasseignesLes Longues Fins and Le Rue de Veaux. Importantly, Boulay also includes fruit from his younger vines on the great slope of La Grande Côte.

The juice is naturally fermented and aged for eight months in tank, on lees, with a small volume also fermented in a single large, upright wooden cask. Tradition is the only blended cuvée in the Boulay line-up, yet even here we can taste the kind of finesse, texture and stony, earthy and salty minerality that has made this humble grower one of France's most respected vignerons. Like last year, there is intense pink grapefruit, lemon pith, white floral fruit and lovely, fine texture, but there is more deliciously salty, chalky freshness and vibrancy. In short, more Riesling than white Burgundy-like. 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.

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