2008 Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol

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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 Blanc. This wine transcends what you think of Sauvignon Blanc - it is much more than a simple quaffer with its aromas of candied grapefruit, Mandarin orange, lime and wildflowers. But what really sets it apart is its 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. Comprised from the Boulay's many small parcels around the hamlet of Chavignol - considered to be the finest spot in all of Sancerre. From Parker's Wine Advocate: "Boulay’s 2008 Sancerre smells of lime, fennel, red currant, and grapefruit. Firm and bright on the palate, with lime and grapefruit peel lending a certain sizzle, and hints of gooseberry tartness lending invigoration, it finishes with a classic sense of chalkiness and impressive grip if not lift or refinement. Quite the alter ego of the 2009 but very close to the Boulay norm, this will prove versatile for at least another 18-24 months." (08/10)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2010 | Send Email
I am such a huge fan of Gerard Boulay and his single-vineayard sancerres. And although this is just village wine from Chavignol, it can hold its ground against the big boys! The minerality and sharp grapefruit aromas hit you instantly on the nose and that same sharp citrus carries through in the acidity all the way to the finish. Give this wine a little time to settle in the bottle, and the round, supple fleshiness that Boulay is known for will slowly reveal itself.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2010 | Send Email
Our fastest selling Sancerre is back in stock now and I'm grabbing my case before it sells out again. This '08 is the same vintage that we sold out of during the Holidays and if anything it is tasting even better than I remember. This always strikes me as having the roundest and most fruity mid-palate of any of our Sancerres. I perceive sweet flowers, ripe citrus fruits, deep pit fruits, candied grapefruit and a laser-like focus on the fine, mineral finish. This is from Chavignol-considered to be the finest spot in Sancerre.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2010 | Send Email
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A really nice example of Sancerre. Classic clean minerality and crisp, citrus fruit. The difference is the addition of the floral notes in the nose and the orange and grapefruit at the back of the palate. A very memorable sauvignon blanc. Now, we just need to get our buyer to order more!

Staff Image By: Patty Torrel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2010 | Send Email
A value Sancerre that is loaded with wet stone minerality while still maintaining a soft edge with subtle fruit characteristics of ripe pear, red apple, soft citrus and white skin nectarine. This is classic Sancerre without the biting austerity…or biting price.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2009 | Send Email
One of my personal favorite Sancerres of the year! It has more weight and structure than the typical racy and grassier versions. Full of pleasurable palate sensations like honeysuckle, pear, clean acid and minerals. A very likable wine to impress your co-workers with.

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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.