Les Vins Vincent Gaudry

The Superb Sancerres of Vincent Gaudry are Back, Featuring the 2019 "Mélodie des Vieilles Vignes!"

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Relatively uknown in the US, recommended to us by our friend Pascaline Lepeltier, the Sancerres of Vincent Gaudry are certainly among the finest in the appellation and we are proud to offer superb new arrivals from the 2019 and 2020 vintages.

We're particularly happy to offer the estate's last remaining inventory of the 2019 "Mélodie des Vieilles Vignes." 2019 was a sensational vintage for this wine - those who have tasted it are well aware - we would suggest purchasing a case (or two) to enjoy immensely over the next 5 to 10 years! (Please see Pascaline's note below)

Vincent in a vat room

Based in the village of Grand Chambre near Sury-en-Vaux, the domain was established by Vincent's grandfather with only a few hectares of vines, then passed to Vincent's father Georges who gradually enlarged the estate to 9.5 hectares. Vincent joined his father in 1991—he was 16 years old—and took over completely in 1993. Very soon thereafter, in 1995, he began conversion to organic and then Biodynamic farming (the first in Sancerre). The estate has a high percentage of old vines, which are replaced by massale selection, on all of the three main terroirs of Sancerre - Caillottes, Silex and Terres Blanches.

Early spring plowing

Plowing is done in the spring, green cover is maintained the rest of the year and Biodynamic preparations and herbal tisanes are used for vineyard treatments. (Even his barrels are produced with the Biodynamic calendar!) Vincent's great farming is preserved through careful vinifications that reveal the complex fruit and beautiful minerality that the terroirs of Sancerre can offer. Most vinifications are done in temperature controlled stainless steel, a few in barrel, all with wild yeasts, of course, and minimal sulfur is used.

Also In this week's shipment: 2020 "Le Tournebride," a blend from all three Sancerre terroirs to drink over the next few years, a beautiful wine and great value, and the 2020 "Constellation de Scorpion" from silex soils with a vibrant minerality that begs for a long decant or time in the cellar.

Between the vines

Vincent also makes sensational reds from Pinot Noir and Pinot Fin with whole-cluster fermentations that bring structure and elegance to the gorgeous fruit. 2020 "Vincengétorix" from Pinot Noir and Pinot Fin, a superb blend of complex fruit and mineral flavors will arrive this summer. Finally, the 2019 "Les Garennes" Pinot Fin is here - from "caillottes" soils, an extraordinarily elegant and silky wine - astonishingly delicious!

 

Wines are in stock at our warehouse, please allow 3 - 5 business days before pick-up/shipping.

Thanks to Vincent and family for these superb Biodynamic wines!

 

Gaudry 2019 Sancerre Les Garennes Pinot Fin

(Arrives Friday 2/18)  100% Pinot Fin from 60-80 old vines, the small-berried old version of Pinot Noir, grown on iron-rich "caillotes" soil.  The grapes are hand-harvested followed by whole cluster fermentation in wooden vat. I had been very much looking forward to tasting this and was not disappointed. This was lush upon opening, with a nose full of dark cherry and blackberry liqueur and some spice from the stems, and more pure full red fruit on the palate buoyed by the balanced acidity. However, on day two it took on a much more intensely mineral character. The fruit receded a bit, revealing a chalky spine that let no doubt as to the wine's place of origin. As Burgundy prices climb, a wine like this becomes ever more appealing - this would be a great counterpoint to a top bottle of Santenay or Volnay. Not inexpensive, but worth the price, just a brilliant wine! Enjoy until 2035.  (36 bottles available)

Sam Ehrlich

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  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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Gaudry, Vincent 2020 Sancerre Tournebride

(Arrives Friday 2/18) Vincent Gaudry has been certified organic and Biodynamic  since the 1990s and is perhaps the leading domaine in Sancerre in regards to farming. The cuvée "Le Tournebride" comes from parcels on all three Sancerre terroirs: terres blanches (Kimmeridgian marl), caillottes (weathered limestone) and flint (silex). The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts in stainless stell vats, the wine then ages about ten months and is bottled unfiltered. The 2020 vintage is redolent with citrus, wet rocks and honeydew. The palate confirms the nose with a very long mineral finish underpinned with  juicy grapefruit notes and a voluptuous, full body. A winter delight! Enjoy this beautiful Sancerre over the next three to five years.  Giselle Hamburg

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  • white
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  • $26.99

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  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry, Vincent 2019 Sancerre Mélodie des Vieilles Vignes

(Arrives Friday 2/18) Domaine Vincent Gaudry, located in Sury-en-Vaux, has been organic and Biodynamic certified for many years. The 2019 "Melodie de Vieilles Vignes" is from 60+ year-old vines on kimmeridgian marl soils, and is fermented naturally with wild yeasts.  As Pascaline notes below, this is an oustanding Sancerre that we are proud to offer at Chambers Street— highly recommended! "Opulent, almost tropical nose with gentle notes of sage, anise  and kefir leaves. Much more focused and vibrant on the palate than the nose was suggesting. Acidity is on point from the start with a tension and saltiness as soon as the wine touches the lips, then develops more citrus than tropical, especially pink grapefruit, thyme, Asian pear that really lingers on the acidity. It is not a light wine, there is weight from the concentration of the vintage, but there is no lack of vibrancy or freshness. Really the old vines on limestone are doing their job!" - Pascaline Lepeltier 

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  • white
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  • $31.99

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Gaudry, Vincent 2020 Sancerre Constellation du Scorpion

 The extraordinary Gaudry Sancerre "Constellation du Scorpion" is from a small parcel of old massale-selection vines on silex soils over limestone and is fermented and aged in old barrels. In the glass, the wine is a beautifully clear lemon in color. The nose is pronounced, showing distinct aromas of flinty smoke, almond, white flowers, with mint and basil, accenting very clean lemon fruit. On the palate, the salty minerality takes center stage, with savory citrus, crisp apple, white peach, almond and a finish of bitter, snappy herbs. Great structure of high acid and a slight richness. Much more than an everyday white from Sancerre!  This is young and racy wine  that will accompany oysters, shellfish, grilled fish and white meats and should develop beautifully with five to ten years of cellaring - it's an outstanding Sancerre and a great value at this price. 

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  • white
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  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur