A refined, dry Sauvignon Blanc from Henri Bourgeois
- Grape: Sauvignon Blanc From a single vineyard
- Flavours: smokey notes
- Region: Loire Valley, France - Chavignol village in Sancerre
- Serve with: meaty fish
- Serve temperature: chilled
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Master Sommelier's notes
For wine lovers around the world, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé have a place in their hearts as two of the finest dry whites. The Sancerre vineyards are spread over chalky, stony soils, rich in marine fossils. They lie on a series of southeastern facing slopes that, from a distance, form one large hill interrupting the flat waterways of the upper Loire. Pouilly-Fumé resides across the river on the other bank from Sancerre. Its main difference, aside from aspect, is the presence of flint in the soils, giving the wine its great minerality and smoky notes.
The Bourgeois family have been wine-makers in Sancerre for ten generations. Jancis Robinson MW in the Oxford Wine Companion describes Henri Bourgeois as “meticulous growers, producing the best of Sancerre”. Andrew Jefford describes Henri Bourgeois as a “high quality Sancerre house that is run with deafening energy” in his book, The New France. Put simply, Henri Bourgeois is consistently one of the best growers in Sancerre; they make beautiful wines that are highly awarded. Jean-Marie Bourgeois and family have owned vineyards near the village of Chavignol since 1950. Today they farm 65 hectares of premium vines, enviably located among the best slopes of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Domaine Henri Bourgeois operates an ethos whereby ultimate respect for the terroir is paramount, their generations of experience merges with the adoption of innovation and technology — to produce some of the finest wines in the region.
The wittily titled Petit Bourgeois misses appellation status by a gnat’s whisker. This belt tightening faux-Sancerre has undeniable typicity. La Vigne Blanche comes from vines grown on slopes separating the village of Chavignol from Sancerre, the terroir being an amalgam of clay and limestone chalk. Oak aged in barrel for five months on the fine lees, La Vigne Blanche is vinous with herbaceous notes of elderflower and ivy as well as a hint of kiwi fruit.