One taste of the wines of Thibaud Boudignon and I immediately realised that here we have a new star in Anjou
— Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
The three wines of Boudignon were the best dry chenins that I tasted at the Salon of Angers, we are at the level of 1er Cru and Grand Cru Burgundy.
— Michel Bettane
 

Thibaud Boudignon is one of the new young stars of the Loire Valley based in Savennieres. He also owns two small vineyards across the river on the south side of the Loire in the Anjou. Having worked with Philippe Charlopin in Gevrey Chambertin and also in Australia he is (since 2007) the winemaker for Chateau Soucherie in Coteau du Layon making a range of dry and sweet wines for that large prestigious property. With just 3.8 hectares of vines he has gradually bought and planted several prime parcels in the small Savennieres appellation including a parcel which borders Baumard's Clos St Yves vineyard (not far from the famous La Roche-aux-Moines vineyard).

Working organically in the vineyards he harvests by hand making successive tries throughout each vineyard ending with yields that are much lower than the AOC rules. He vinifies with natural yeasts and ages the wines in a mixture of barrels ranging from 300-600 litres. There are hogsheads, cigares, puncheons and small 600 litre foudres from the highly regarded Austrian cooper, Stockinger. Ultimately though, new oak influence is not a part of the style. This results in wines of striking purity, depth and intensity, with each wine clearly reflecting its particular terroir. They are wines with terrific freshness and structure that have the capacity to age well for many years. Availability is very limited and the wines sell out quickly each year.

All the white wines are 100% Chenin Blanc.

WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS

2017 Rosé de Loire
Substantially Cabernet Franc, with some Grolleau and a little Gamay, from 38 year-old vines, grown on shallow soils of grey schist, rhyolite and sand. Cool-fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts for 2-3 weeks, followed by maturation in tank for 4 to 6 months before bottling. Malolactic conversion is inhibited to produce a fresh, vibrant, yet textural rosé, with good length and intriguing mineral complexity.

2017 Anjou Blanc
From 37 year-old vines, planted at 8000 vines/ha on shallow soils of grey schist and rhyolite. Fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts for 2-3 weeks, followed by maturation in 300l and 750l barrels (30% new) for 15-18 months.

2017 Anjou Blanc à François(e)…
From a parcel of 37 year-old vines in St-Lambert-du-Lattay, planted at 8000 vines/ha on shallow soils of grey schist and rhyolite. Native yeast fermented in wood including some 300l cigares, used to build lees complexity. Maturation in these and 700l demi-muids (30% new) for 15–18 months. Named in honour of his mother Françoise, who passed away when Thibaud was 17, and his father François.

PREVIOUS VINTAGES

2016 Savennières Les Fougerais From the lieu-dit of Les Fougerais in the heart of Savennières, near LaRoche aux Moines and La Coulée de Serrant; 46 year-old vines planted at 8000 vines/ha on shallow soils of grey schist and rhyolite. Native yeast fermented in wood including some 300l cigares, used to build lees complexity. Maturation in these and 600l demi-muids (30% new) for 15–18 months.

2016 Anjou Blanc Clos de la Hutte From the lieu-dit of Clos de la Hutte in the hamlet of La Possonnière, this is a newly replanted vineyard growing on solid schist, with not more than 30cm of sandy topsoil above the bedrock. Native yeast fermented in wood including some 300l cigares, used to build lees complexity. Maturation in these and 600l demi-muids (30% new) for 15–18 months.