2007 Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol

SKU #1040038

If you don't know this estate in Sancerre, you should. K&L is fortunate to have discovered these wines a few years back, before the press. And, as Boulay's California importer, we have a leg-up on the few retailers in the country who can get their hands on these wines. Never have we tasted such vivid clarity and expressiveness in Sancerre, much less Sauvignon Banc. The wines transcend what you think of the grape; they are much more than simple quaffers with aromas of candied grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime and wildflowers. But what really sets them apart is their mineral-infused personality. These are wines of the soil, wines that echo the land with precision and delineation found in only the greatest of white wines. The 2007 is as good as any we have had before, I would venture to compare it to vintages like 2002 and 2004, with classic racy structure and a real sense of the chalk. This wine will flesh out over the next few months and drink beautifully for the next 5+ years.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2009 | Send Email
As usual, Boulay's Sancerre does not disappoint. Along with the Cotats (Francois and Pascal) and Vatan, Boulay makes some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre, which of course would rank it as amongst the purest, most elegant expressions SB in the world. Lively citrus flavors. Clean and ripe (no mean feat in the occasionally green, overcropped world of Sancerre), with the characteristic class that a naturally made wine delivers. Sauvignon Blanc at its purest and most elegant.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2009 | Send Email
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In true Platonian fashion, all Sauvignon Blanc is only a shadow of the one, ideal Sauvignon Blanc – Sancerre. The 2007 vintage of Gerard Boulay’s Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc in its purest form - mouthwatering acidity complemented by tart grapefruit, stony, almost earthy minerality, and a distinct herbaceousness that is uniquely Sauvignon Blanc. In today’s wine lexicon the terms “herbal” or “vegetal” are often perceived as undesirable, but they are an essential part of the character of the varietal. The flavor comes from an organic chemical found chiefly in the skins as they ripen – technically 2-methoxy-3-isobutylpyrazine. But that’s just what the scientists call it. When it shines through in the complex jumble of aromas and flavors that is Sancerre it is nirvana, the Holy Grail, the philosopher’s stone, the Face of God. It is Sauvignon Blanc at its most basic, the truest expression of the varietal. It is “sauvage” - that wild, green note that calls to the wildness in each of us, something closer to Nature, something primal, something Dionysian. To drink it – to experience it - is to partake of something profound, something inimitable, something elemental. We are all humbled in its presence.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2008 | Send Email
Just opened another bottle of this awesome wine last night. It is so elegant, yet full of juicy grapefruit and citrus. Absolutely perfect sauvignon blanc. Sometimes I have to ask myself why I don't drink Sancerre from Boulay every single night - for the rest of my life.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.