Loire Valley

Famille Bourgeois

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Our philosophy of life and work celebrates the good, the beautiful, and the true through our precise and eco-friendly farming and winemaking. Ultimately, we aim at producing generous wines which will nourish convivial moments of tasting.

Famille Bourgeois

Henri Bourgeois [...] remains a reliably outstanding producer in the Sancerre appellation.

Stephen Reinhardt, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Famille Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation, covers 72 hectares of esteemed Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations.

Some 50 years ago Henri Bourgeois took the audacious step of concentrating his family’s efforts on vines in a then-unknown area, seeking out some of the most rugged hillside terrains that offered the best exposures in the Loire Valley. His sons, Jean-Marie and Rémi, joined him in the 1960s and continued the adventure. They discovered new terroirs, bought land, developed partnerships with other Sancerre families, and turned themselves into ambassadors for Sancerre’s reputation first in France, then abroad.  

Today, Arnaud, Lionel, and Jean-Christophe Bourgeois are just as much the heirs of those men as the initiators of the future of the vines and wines of the house. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley. Vinification is largely organic, striving to precisely and transparently showcase the soils and sites in which these grape varieties are grown.

In 2000, they expanded their vision for making exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir by acquiring land and planting a vineyard in New Zealand’s famed Marlborough region.  Here the goal is to highlight the different, but just as high-quality terroir of this unique area.

Famille Bourgeois has received numerous accolades over the years from press and public alike across the full range of their wines, from the delightfully fresh & food-friendly “baby Sancerre” Petit Bourgeois wines to their age-worthy, terroir-driven single-plot Sancerre & Pouilly-Fumé. 

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Overview

Location:  Chavignol, Sancerre, France

Year Founded:  1696

Owner(s):  The Bourgeois Family

Winemaker(s): Jean-Christophe Bourgeois

Release Schedule: Varies

Cultivated Area:  72 hectares (175 acres) in Sancerre and 42 hectares (100 acres) in New Zealand

Viticulture:  Certified Sustainable (HVE) and converting to Organic Certification (2023)

Topography:  Hillsides

Soil Type:  Marl, flint and limestone with clay

Annual Production:  ~75,000 cases

Varieties Cultivated:  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir

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