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Sancerre AC 2016, Clos de Beaujeu
  • 183. Sancerre AC 2016, Clos de Beaujeu

    Gérard Boulay

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    This comes from 30 to 60 year old vines that were until recently in the ownership of Bourges Cathedral for 500 years! The vineyard is very steep and south-east facing, helping to give the wine a little more backbone, nerve and salinity than the due south facing Monts Damnés. Vinified in cuve, then aged 100% in three and four year old 300 litre barrels, it will age magnificently. For drinking now to 2026+.

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Further details
Gérard Boulay. His family have passed the domaine on from father to son since 1380.
Chavignol, near Sancerre
Size of domaine
11 hectares (including 1 hectare of Beaujeu)
100% Sauvignon, 30-60 yr old massale selection on 3309 rootstock. 8000 vines per hectare trained single guyot.
Very white soils derived from kimmeridgian limestone. The Cathedral of Bourges used to own this plot!! South-east facing hillside, very steep (45%).
Vines are enherbé between rows to help reduce yields and prevent erosion. Debuds to lower yields but never practices vendanges en vert. No chemical deweeders 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.
Pneumatic press – r hours of pressing at very low pressure. Uses natural indigenous yeasts. No chaptalisation in 2006 or 2007. Vinified at 18°C, 20% cuve and 80% in 3-4 year old 300ltr barrels (Troncais oak barrels used by Alphonse Mellot and Bourgeois). No malolactics. Assembled and bottled in May with no fining or filtration.
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