Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2019


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“There’s a lovely sense of roundness and weight as the 2019 Sancerre Jadis flows across the palate. Sourced from old vines in and around Chavignol, the home of the Bourgeois family, it is partly fermented in barrel, which smooths out all the angles of Sauvignon Blanc. There is excellent clarity of fruit, which is reminiscent of apple and pear with the merest hint of green – in a good way. There’s a lightness of touch here and fine texture. Drinking window: 2023-2030. 90-92 points

Based in the village of Chavignol, Domaine Henri Bourgeois is one of Sancerre’s biggest and most savvy producers. Not only does it have parcels in some of the finest vineyards in Sancerre, but it also produces wines from Pouilly-Fumé and other Centre-Loire appellations like Menetou-Salon, as well as Marlborough, New Zealand. The entry-level styles offer a clean, crisp, uncomplicated expression of their appellations, but things get more interesting higher up the scale. If you want to discover the spectrum of terroirs, whether it’s Kimmeridgian marls (try the cuvées Le MD de Bourgeois and Jadis), chalky clay (Les Côtes aux Valets) or flint (Les Ruchons), the Bourgeois tasting room would be a good place to start. The on-site restaurant is also worth putting on your must-dine-at list in the region, dishing up possibly the best beef tartare I’ve ever had, as well as the full spectrum of Chavignol cheese.”

Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (08/21)