2007 Gerard Boulay "Clos du Beaujeu" Sancerre Chavignol

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You haven't tasted Sancerre until you've tried one of the gems from Gerard Boulay. One of our favorite producers, Boulay is a humble and delightful vigneron whose wines are vivid, clear and, frankly, mind-blowing. The Clos de Beaujeu (from a vineyard of 0.75 hectares) is fermented in barrel and bottled without filtration. It represents all that is great about Sancerre, freshness, minerality and acidity, with a fascinating richness and complexity and a long, vibrant finish that calls for fresh goat cheese and herb salad.

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2010 | Send Email
If your looking for the wine that will win over your chardonnay drinking friends, then ladies and gentlemen, this is it! It comprises all that you could ever want or hope for in a white wine! It has the best of both worlds in terms of richness and roundness, paired with crisp minerality and acid. This wine has Complexity, depth, structure, intrigue, elegance, sultryness, cleanliness, and a finish that keeps you wanting more... Trust me when I say, this is the end all Sancerre to knock you socks off!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2009 | Send Email
Wow. Just take it in, let it settle, smile and allow it to slowly slide down your throat. What you will taste is Sauvignon Blanc perfection. I'm not even going to list the flavor profile because it doesn't present itself in anyway. The lack of distinguishing notes represents total and complete harmony here.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2009 | Send Email
Boulay's richest Sancerre, the Clos du Beaujeau generally yields a bit of a riper, richer, rounder style. Sometimes a bit too much for my preferences, though in a classic vintage like '07 (as opposed to the riper '06 and '05) this is just about perfect. Citrus and melon aromas lead to a ripe, but pure and balanced palate.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2009 | Send Email
I wish I could keep this wine off the radar because I want it all for myself. Fortunately we have a great relationship with Boulay and get a good supply of these wines. Unfortunately, our great customers are on to Boulay and know that these wines don't last long. Why am I even bothering to write this wine up? Because it is fantastic! It is the ultimate expression of Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre and I had to declare it to the world. Intense but balanced. Refined and delineated. Long, long finish. Alas, not long for our shelves.

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