Gérard Boulay can trace his families roots in Chavignol back to 1380 when the first mention of their wine was recorded. 20+ generations on, Gérard and wife Lucie are making some of the best Sancerre on the market, some say the best though they’ve got pretty good company in Chavignol, the tiny village and stony hillside considered to be the source of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
The Boulays farm 8 hectares of vines in Chavignol with the youngest vines having been planted in 1972. This is the Kimmeridgian terre blanche that’s the key to the distinctive quality of these wines. Organic farming, very low yields, native yeasts, minimal sulfur and no filtration. Everything done by hand. These aren’t your typical gooseberry and cat pee inflected Sancerres but a different thing entirely.