Domaine Gérard Boulay
This outstanding producer was recommended to us strongly by no better a judge than Alphonse Mellot! They are tiny and situated in Chavignol, the finest terroir of Sancerre. If there was a Grand Cru in Sancerre, Chavignol would be it. It is a slope of sheer chalk that produces the most mineral, Chablisesque whites in the Loire. Gerard Boulay traces his family’s history in Chavignol back to 1370 when Jean Boulay owned vineyards in the area! But it’s not just history that makes this producer so distinctive. Everything in the vineyard is done by hand. The wine ferments naturally, they add no yeast, minimal CO2 and in general don’t filter. The average vine age in the Boulay vineyards is over 45 years. Little wonder then that Gerard Boulay is producing some of the most distinctive wines in Sancerre. The wines are very limited.