Henri Bourgeois Cuvee Etienne Henri Sancerre, Loire Valley 2015

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For ten generations now the Bourgeois family has devoted its passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, becoming Sancerre’s most well-known producer. The company is now led by the current generation of the family – Jean-Marie and Remi Bourgeois. The winery and family base is the village of Chavignol, and Domaine holdings can be found on a mosaic of plots throughout Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir, whether we are talking Kimmeridgian marls, flint, or limestone clay soils. We see this expressed in a dizzying array of bottlings, many of which are amongst the most sought after of their kind in the Loire each year.

Thanks to his love for wood, our ancestor Etienne (known as Henri) was the first in Sancerre to make a wine in new oak barrels. Such a method of vinification requires top-quality grapes for a successful marriage of wood and wine. Alcoholic fermentation is exclusively in oak barrels (new or one or 2 years old) followed by 12 months of maturation.

This cuvee comes from the older vines on flinty-clay slopes in Saint-Satur. This unique terroir gives a great strength and concentration to the wines. Feature: low yields, organic fertilizer only, use of grass cover, everything is done to respect the terroir and to obtain the most beautiful grapes possible.

94 Wine Spectator - Alluring, featuring a suavely integrated note of warm brioche around a core of white peach, yellow apple and gooseberry fruit flavors. The long finish flows through, with flint and verbena accents chiming in. Drink now through 2022. 700 cases made, 40 cases imported. — JM


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