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Sancerre "Comtesse", Gerard Boulay 2013


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From 50 year-old vines located on the "sweet spot" of the Mont Damnes Vineyard. The vines are farmed organically and worked on by hand. Fermentation is done by natural yeasts in 300 liter used barrels, then aged on the lees in a combination of used barrels and tank. The wine is bottled unfiltered the following year. Powerful and structured, this has the potential to age for decades. Only 200 cases produced.

"Monsieur Boulay makes his La Comtesse bottling from a couple of parcels of fifty year old vines in the heart of the Monts Damnes, with one section right alongside Edmond Vatan's Clos la Neore and the other just a touch higher up the slope. The 2013 is outrageously fine, delivering a magically complex nose of lemon, tangerine, cut grass, white flowers, a very complex base of chalky minerality, citrus peel and fresh tarragon. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and so elegant on the attack that it is almost silky in texture, with great mid-palate intensity, superb focus and grip, racy acids and brilliant complexity on the very long and snappy finish. Another absolutely astonishing 2013 Sancerre! 2014-2035+." 95+/100 John Gilman, View From the Cellar