2017 Henri Bourgeois "Les Baronnes" Sancerre

SKU #1370889 96 points Decanter

 Intense aromatics of white flowers, flint and lime. Full and rich with ripe citrus, pine needle and smokey minerality. Lovely concentration with a refreshing, long finish. *Gold Medal* (DWWA 2018)  (5/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Lively, with bright lemon curd, gooseberry, thyme and lime pith notes. The bright finish has mouthwatering cut thanks to a light chalky echo. Drink now through 2021. *Smart Buy, Top 100 of 2018* (JM)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

The story of Famille Bourgeois begins 10 generations ago when the first records of family involvement in the development and cultivation of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir starts. However, the 1960s were the true turning point for the domaine when Henri Bourgeois cultivated about five acres of land on the slopes of Chavignol in Sancerre, now one of the most revered sites in the appellation. The winery is still owned and operated all by family members but the holdings have increased to 150+ acres planted over the various terroirs of the region: Caillote and Grillote (limestone), Terres Blanches (Kimmeridgian marl) and Silex clay (flint). These varied soils lend specific characteristics to each lot, which allows the family to blend for the most flavorful and complex wines from their holdings. The "Les Baronnes" is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from a mix of various sites. It is a pure and vibrant expression from the region that is the culmination of generations of hard work and family involvement on this beautiful land.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2019 | Send Email
We always have a plethora of Sancerres in our stores to choose from. We work with a lot of producers that make some of my favorite daily quaffers. From time to time though you hit one where it has just that little something extra. The Bourgeois family is a multi-generation endeavor with holdings not just in Sancerre but all throughout the Loire and an exceptional sister project in New Zealand's Marlborough region. If you cut them, they bleed Sauvignon Blanc! They know a thing or two from the top to bottom in producing gorgeous whites. The Baronnes would essentially be their entry point into the Sancerre category but what an entry! It is dynamic on the palate with lemon-curd, lime zest and chalky mineral notes that go on for days. It is that next level of wine from that next level of producers. Some of the greats culty wines have reached well north of $30 and many have hit the $50 range, but for shear style and exceptional quality, you reach those heights for a mere $25!

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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.


- 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.