Domaine Vincent Gaudry - Sancerre

Since 1993, Vincent Gaudry has been a pioneer and a trailblazer in Sancerre for pursuing his own unique brand of biodynamic viticulture and winemaking. His production reflects his deeply held feelings about the power of the earth and the expression of his terroir. A commitment to biodynamic viticulture in a region not generally know for being at the forefront of the organic, back to the terroir movement does not always endear Vincent Gaudry to his contemporaries but travelling against the current doesn’t much concern this independent minded winemaker.

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),Vincent Gaudry 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 smoky.

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 selection massale. As he is not treating his vineyards with chemical fertilizers beyond the compost cultivated at the domaine, yields remain naturally low which contributes enormously in explaining why his wines possess a richness and volume on the palate that is impressive. Furthermore, vineyards that are not pumped up with chemical steroids to enhance production, simply require fewer passes to treat a wide range of issues that develop when the leaf and canopy production is in overdrive. He ploughs in the spring and early summer only, leaving a cover of grasses between the rows afterward bringing a biodiversity to the vineyards. As such, Gaudry maintains a light footprint on the land, increasing the longevity and vitality of his vineyard ecosystem, if not the winemaker himself.

In 2004, the domaine received its biodynamic certification from Demeter and Gaudry and continues to counsel others in the organic and biodynamic farming community on his work in finding alternative techniques of organic farming. This attention to detail and to common sense as was practiced by those who came before him, together with the singular soil qualities of the Sancerre region is evident in Gaudry’s delicious and precisely delineated wines. Joli Vin is proud to be working with such an intuitive and sought after vintner in the Loire Valley's most celebrated address for white wines.

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Domaine Vincent Gaudry

Le TournebrideThe 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.

L’Esprit de RudolfAn homage to Rudolf Steiner, founder of modern day biodynamic viticulture, Vincent Gaudry’s L’Esprit de Rudolf is issued from grapes grown on a single west facing, hillside parcel of old vines planted in flint…

Les GarennesWhile the delicate nose displays attractive notes of griotte, morelo cherry and even kirsch, the real star of this nuanced wine, is its sublime, silky texture, lithe tannins and exquiste integration even at a very early stage in its evolution.

VincengétorixCherry distillate and subtle notes of black tea and a cool mineral edge. It is all about suppleness and silk on the palate.