Gerard Boulay

"This family domaine of 9ha located in Chavignol can trace its history back to 1380. The land records for that year mention a Jean Boulay as owner of vineyards in Chavignol. At the time, the Clos de Beaujeu in Chavignol was already known for the quality of its white wine which is remarkable since Sancerre was known as a red wine area until after phylloxera. In the 14th century the Clos de Beaujeu supplied the Cathedral of Bourges with white wine.

Of the 9ha owned by Gerard Boulay, 8 of the hectares are on the slopes of Chavignol on Kimmeridgian or "terre blanche" soils (similar to the soils in Chablis), which he works manually and has farmed organically since 1990. The youngest vines at the domaine were planted by Mr. Boulay in 1972 and the average vine age is approximately 45 years old. The wines ferment naturally in tank and with the exception of the Chavignol tradition which is also aged in tank, the parcellaire wines are aged in in a mix of Foudres and used 300L barrels. Gerard adds no yeast and little to no SO2 during vinfication. He describes his role as one of "surveillance" to make sure nothing goes wrong. In general he works by instinct, "au feeling" because he wants to "let the wine live" and tries not to interfere with the natural process. "C'est la nature qui fait le vin" (Nature makes the wine).

Overall, Gerard Boulay's "terre blanche" vineyards produce some of the most distinctive and soil-inflected Sauvignon Blancs in the Loire, with a delineation and minerality often reminiscent of a top Chablis. Boulay is certainly among the top examples of the appellation, including Boulay's neighbors (Cotat Bros., Vatan). These are gorgeous, highly complex wines that are a clear step above "regular" Sancerre, and can age easily for 10-20 years or more. In fact, we have had them all the way back to the 1959 which was magnificent! They confirm Boulay's place in the top ranks of Loire Valley vignerons."

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Gerard Boulay Sancerre 'Chavignol' 2017
"The 2017 Chavignol Sancerre is racy and very complex. Initially, you'll find bright citrus and herbaceous notes on the nose. A few swirls in the glass, it opens up to melon, pink grapefruit and a light spice of white pepper and minerals. The palate has wonderful acidity, yet is still lush and

Gerard Boulay Sancerre 'Chavignol' 2016
"The 2016 Chavignol Sancerre is racy and very complex. Initially, you'll find bright citrus and herbaceous notes on the nose. A few swirls in the glass, it opens up to melon, pink grapefruit and a light spice of white pepper and minerals. The palate has wonderful acidity, yet is still lush and

Gerard Boulay Sancerre 'La Cote' 2015
"Produced from "La Grande Cote," one of the three famous designated Crus of Chavignol. First crafted in the 2010 vintage, Gerard's old vine parcel in La Cote produces a wine of incredible precision, power and lazer sharp minerality...Boulay's signature style! Gerard works the soils manually, the

Gerard Boulay Sancerre 'Chavignol' 2015
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"The 2015 Chavignol Sancerre is racy and very complex. Initially, you'll find bright citrus and herbaceous notes on the nose. A few swirls in the glass, it opens up to melon, pink grapefruit and a light spice of white pepper and minerals. The palate has wonderful acidity, yet is still lush and

Gerard Boulay Sancerre 'La Cote' 2014
94  John Gilman 
John Gilman 94 "The 2014 Sancerre La Côte from Domaine Gérard Boulay is a stunning young wine, soaring from the glass in a blaze of gooseberry, tart orange, chalky minerality, a touch of cut grass, incipient notes of petrol and a youthful topnote of citrus peel. On the palate the wine is deep,

Gerard Boulay 'La Cote' Sancerre 2013
95  John Gilman 
John Gilman 95+ "The 2013 La Côte is a brilliant young bottle of Sancerre. Monsieur Boulay only began producing a single vineyard bottling from La Grande Côte in the 2010 vintage, as these are some of his younger vines, and until they celebrated their twentieth birthday in 2010, he felt that they