Gerard Boulay Sancerre 'Tradition' Chavignol 2019

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About This Wine

The Tradition is drawn from as many as 30 small parcels of mature, 35-40-year-old vines rooted entirely in the limestone soils of Chavignol (far and away the finest terroir of Sancerre). These sites are largely sloping vineyards on the lower flanks of the Chavignol hillside terroirs of Les Chasseignes, Les Longues Fins and Le Rue de Veaux.

The 2019 vintage, even better than the amazing 2018 vintage shows how good this wine can be.

Importantly, Boulay also includes fruit from his younger vines on the great cru slope of La Grande Côte. The juice is naturally fermented and aged for eight months in tank, on lees, with a small volume also fermented in a single large, upright wooden cask. Tradition is the only blended cuvée in the Boulay line up, yet even here we can taste the kind of finesse, texture and stony, earthy and salty minerality that has made this humble grower one of France's most respected vignerons. While the intense lime and lemon pith, white floral and ripe stone fruit aromas and flavours can remind us of a great Riesling and even a white Burgundy, the subtle herb and chalk dust characters are all Chavignol. As always, it's a benchmark

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation Sancerre
Brand Gerard Boulay
Vintage 2018

Wines from Champagne

Associated with luxury, celebration, Champagne is where the world’s most prized sparkling wine originates. In the past it was very common for people to confuse the term Champagne and sparkling wine as they are so synonymous. By EU law however, only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region and under strict quality standards can legally be called by that name.

Sparkling wine produced the Champagne way, goes through secondary fermentation in the bottle. This is known as méthode champenoise or outside of Champagne it is called the traditional method. When the yeast inside the bottle have finished working, they die and become lees. The lees remain in contact with the wine until the winemaker decides to take them out, creating texture, richness, and complexity in the wine.

In comparison, the other popular way of fermenting sparkling wine is called the Charmat method where the fermentation happens en masse in a large tank and extended lees contact does not happen. . This is cheaper and rather than emphasizing richness and complexity, the tank method enhances clean fruit and aromatics, making wines that are youthful and easy drinking.

The principal grapes that go into making champagne include: Chardonnay (white), Pinot Noir (red) and Pinot Meunier (red). A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labelled Blanc de blancs while ones comprised of only red grapes will be called Blanc de noirs. Whether it be white or rose however, most Champagne is made from a mix of both red and white grapes.

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