Place: Sancerre, France
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
First made as a single parcel in 2010, La Côte comes from the majestic La Grande Côte vineyard (sometimes referred to as La Côte d’Amigny), a south-to-south-east facing hillside on the outskirts of Chavignol. La Côte has quickly become one of the heavyweights of Boulay’s range. It’s the domaine’s coolest terroir and the last to be picked. The site’s pure Kimmeridgian limestone soils, and the late picking date, deliver both density and absurd precision on the palate. Vinified and aged in three and four-year-old barrels, the terroir here gives a more expressive style than Monts-Damnés, yet one that still bristles with tension and mineral notes.
If the vines are still relatively young by this domaine’s standards (a good twenty years all the same), they nevertheless express all the mineral essence of this limestone terroir with incredible intensity.
Opening with rippling salty and mineral flair and transcending the cool nature vintage, it’s a compact and powerful La Côte, brim-full of tightly packed citrus and white fruited intensity, long, steely freshness and a lip-smacking mineral backbone: tension, tension, tension. There is immediate complexity here and a salt-licked length for days.