• Beyond Sancerre: Gérard Boulay Chavignol

    Beyond Sancerre: Gérard Boulay Chavignol

    Gérard Boulay has long been a top-secret source within Sancerre's most esteemed village, Chavignol. These Kimmeridgian limestone slopes are home to tiny producers who capture Sauvignon Blanc at its most crystalline, defined, and age-worthy. The Cotat cousins and Edmond Vatan are often the first names mentioned, but discerning collectors also know to turn here for two of Chavignol's most recognized vineyards, Monts Damnés and La Côte.

    The Loire's cold climate finds some respite here, in Chavignol, the vineyards on these two sun-battered slopes having an unusual abundance of fruit ripeness. Comtesse is sourced from a special parcel within Monts Damnés of 50 to 75-year-old vines next to Vatan's Clos la Neore, and his Pinot Noir, planted at the very top of the slopes, is made exclusively for rosé. These steep vineyards are only capable of being worked by hand. 

    Sancerre's soils vary greatly, but you know exactly what you're getting within the tiny village of Chavignol: Diamond-cut clarity of terroir and underlying mineral tension. The band of unique limestone in Chavignol is the same circular formation that stretches from the White Cliffs of Dover to Champagne and then onto portions of Chablis.

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    Posted by Max Kogod