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  • 172. Sancerre AC 2015, La Côte

    Gérard Boulay

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    One of Boulay’s top cuvées this comes from the same Grande Côte hillside as the Cotat wine of the same name. A due south facing hillside, the soil here is much chalkier than Monts Damnés. It gives an entirely different range of more exotic flavours with passion fruit to the fore with a menthol hint, but at the same time retains good tension and is firmly structured, vital and grippy with a saline twist on the finish. For drinking now to 2023.

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Winemaker
Gérard Boulay. His family have passed the domaine on from father to son since 1380.
Location
Chavignol, near Sancerre
Size of domaine
11 hectares (including 45 ares of La Côte)
Grape
15 yr old, massale selection from their own vineyard on 41B rootstock. 8000 vines per hectare trained single guyot.
Terroir
250m above sea-level. 40% slope. South, South-East facing. Pure kimmeridgian limestone and clay with 30 cm of soil above the rock.
Viticulture
Grass grown between rows to help reduce yields and prevent erosion. Debuds to lower yields but never practices vendanges en vert. No chemical herbicides used. Uses sulphur against oidium, homeopathic doses of herbs and Bordeaux mix against pests, and only occasionally uses compost. 100% hand harvested. Yields of 50 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Pneumatic press, 4 hours pressing at very low pressure. Uses natural indigenous yeasts. No chaptalisation. Vinified at 18°C, aged in cuve and 10 year old 300ltr barrels for 9 to 10 months. Two rackings. No malolactics. No fining. Filtration by plates. 3,000 bts produced.
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