Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Sancerre Blanc 2017
The richest bourgeois you’ve ever come across. Henri Bourgeois “La Bourgeoise” Sancerre Blanc offers a strong character with aromatic notes as various as its personality is singular.
Clear pale yellow colour. A shot of gun-flint aromas opens the bouquet before it branches out to subtly spicy and woody scents. Full-bodied and balanced, this rich white has a vibrant acidity, intense fruit flavours and an unwavering minerality. Crisp green apple, zesty grapefruit, wild gooseberry and honey flavours linger long and harmoniously into a persistent finish.
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Made from old Sauvignon vines growing in silex soils on slopes first worked by the monks of Saint-Satur. Historically, these plots had the name “Les Bourgeoises”. In the 80s, the new cuvée made from this selection of parcels inherits this name. Flinty soils give the wines a great minerality, intensity and an excellent ageing potential.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes go through pressing. After a settling at cold temperature, a portion of the wine begins fermentation in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks. Fermentation for the other portion occurs in French oak barrels from the famous Tronçais forest. Ageing for 7–8 months on fine lees in oak barrels with periodic hand stirring of the lees (“bâtonnage” in French), before bottling.
Ageing potential: drink now or within 10–12 years from vintage.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
From selected old vines on silex soils on the slopes, fermented in stainless steel and oak but aged entirely in Tronçais oak barrels for seven to eight months including the manual stirring of the lees, the 2017 Sancerre La Bourgeoise opens intense and complex but subtle and notably flinty on the elegant and pure nose. On the palate, this is a seriously full-bodied, elegant, fresh and structured Sauvignon Blanc with remarkable grip, finesse and vitality, with fine bitters on the finish. It is very stimulating despite the 14% alcohol. Tasted in March 2021.
A bold Sauvignon Blanc packed with notes of gooseberry, lemon curd and grapefruit that are edged with verbena, ginger and honeysuckle details. Vibrant acidity keeps it focused and gives it power. Drink now through 2026. 2,200 cases made, 400 cases imported.
This wine is now ready to drink. With ripe apple and smooth citrus flavors, it has density and a texture that has now softened. Full, rich and intense, the wine is packed with fruit and acidity.