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SANCERRE, LE TOURNEBRIDE
Type: Dry white
Site & Vines: Marl, Kimmeridgian, and Silex soils.
Vinification & Elevage: Vinified and raised exclusively in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and bottled when it is ready, generally in the spring following the vintage.
Age-ability: 5 years
Notes: The largest production wine in his range, Gaudry uses fruit coming from all three soil types in the region, a surprising rarity, each contributing their unique qualities to the finished wine. From the high plateau caillottes and chalky soils south west of the village of Sancerre come wines which are highly perfumed with hallmark grapefruit and lime zest/citrus flavors of which Sauvignon Blanc is best known. From the gently sloping westward facing parcel of silex just north of Sancerre comes a wine that is mineral and smoky offering density on the palate and longevity in the bottle. And from the clay-limestone marl soils, otherwise known as terre blanches, south of Sury en Vaux, come wines which are more subtly fruited but long and plush on the palate, lending weight and tannin for ageability.
SANCERRE BLANC, "LA CONSTELLATION DE SCORPION"
Type: Dry White
Site & Vines: Single old vine parcel from massale selection planted on silex
Vinification & Elevage: Barrel fermenation and aging
Age-ability: 5 years
Notes: The cuvee formerly known as "Esprit de Rudolf". Richly textured with intense minerality.
SANCERRE ROUGE, "LES GARENNES"
Type: Dry red
Site & Vines: Single parcel 60-80 year old Pinot Fin on iron rich soil.
Vinification & Elevage: whole cluster, aged in neutral wood for 1 5 months.
Age-ability: Immediately approachable but also age-worthy.
Notes: This 100% Pinot Fin is a rare bird and the antithesis of what you expect in a red Sancerre - it’s generous aromatically and texturally, well structured with a lusciousness fruit core. The tension between the carbonic cluster fruit and iron rich soil make this a highly aromatic with terrific depth and structure.
Certified Organic and Biodynamic
Vincent Gaudry has been a pioneer and a trailblazer in the region for pursuing his own unique brand of winemaking, becoming the first in the region to be certified Biodynamic in 2004. His production reflects his deeply held beliefs about the power of the earth and the expression of each of the region's unique terroirs. His domaine covers 9 hectares of vineyards divided among the three main soils: clay-limestone or marl (terres blanches), flint (silex) and stony, rubble-like limestone that come from weathered Kimmeridgian (caillottes). A small plot of 90 year-old vines planted on marl allows Gaudry to work via “massale selection." His methods result in naturally modest yields, keeping the plants healthy, reducing his footprint in the vineyard and producing wines which are naturally imbued with density and volume on the palate and which preserve the stony minerality for which Sancerre is regarded worldwide.
Vincent Gaudry’s domaine is located in the village of Sury-en-Vaux one of several satellite communes which surrounds the hilltop village of Sancerre on the west bank of the Loire River. He farms 9 hectares of vineyards that cover each of the region's three distinct terroirs: clay-limestone or marl (terres blanches), flint (silex) and stony, rubble-like limestone that come from weathered Kimmeridgian (caillottes). He produces his benchmark Sancerre from these diverse selections of soil rendering wines that express a wide range of flavors, from the exuberant and fruity to mineral and subtly smokey.
For Gaudry, the subtleties of these soils are primordial and he deems their mineral content and ability to drain more important than a site’s orientation. A small plot of 90 year-old vines planted on marl supplies him with cuttings when parcels are replanted and allows Gaudry to work exclusively via “massale selection.” As he is not treating his vineyards with chemical fertilizers beyond the compost cultivated at the domaine, yields remain naturally low which contributes enormously to explain why the wines possess a richness and volume on the palate that is impressive. He ploughs in the spring and early summer only, leaving a cover of grasses between the rows afterward bringing a biodiversity to the vineyards.
In 2004, the domaine received its biodynamic certification from Demeter and Gaudry continues to receive much attention from the organic and biodynamic farming community for his groundbreaking work in finding alternative techniques for organic farming. One unique element that is important to Gaudry in the cellar is using barrels made from wood cut only on days suggested by the biodynamic calendar. According to the calendar, the moon’s gravity affects the wood’s density by either increasing or decreasing the water content. He is carefully attuned to his vines and soil and above all works by instinct and feeling. He was one of the first biodynamic viticulturists to question the validity of leaf days and root days, which initially led to a rift between certain members of the biodynamic community, but eventually led to a deeper exploration and understanding of the practice.