Guide to the Loire regions


Grower Profiles

Serge & Bruno Sourdais
The origin of Le Logis de la Bouchardière dates back to 1850. The current incumbent is Bruno Sourdais who represents the 6th generation on the domaine. Bruno joined his father, Serge, in 1990, taking control from the 2008 vintage. Three-quarters of the domaines 55 hectares are located on the coteau above the communes of Cravant, Chinon and Panzoult, although the family only own 16 hectares of these outright. There is no Chenin planted.

Winemaking is very traditional in that everything (excluding their rosé) passes through wood at some stage in its élevage, with the more serious wines receiving between 12 and 15 months in barrel.
The rosé is obtained from either a saignée or a 24 hour cold maceration. There are five separate red wines, three of which are parcel specific. The range starts with the Sourdais Taveau which is produced off 5 to 15 year old vines from the plain below the cellar. After a short period in older oak, the wine is bottled in the spring following the harvest. Le Clos is a six hectare parcel of 35 to 45 year old vines on the well drained flinty soils on a slope above Cravant, whilst La Logis de la Bouchardière forms the basis of the domaine's production and comes from 30 year old vineyards. Le Chêne Vert is a name well known to lovers of Chinon, although few realise that Domaine Charles Joguet shares one hectare with another vigneron. At 30 years, the vines are younger than those of Joguet and the exposure also different; an 18% slope which faces south-west. The vines are rented from Bruno's father-in-law and the resulting wines are raised for one year in barriques. Les Cornuelles Vieilles Vignes is from 2.5 hectares on a south-facing slope; the name derived from the pieces of flat limestone found within the parcel. The vines here were planted in two separate stages; the youngest were planted by Bruno's grandfather and are now 60 years old, but the oldest vines are over 100 years. 

Somewhat suspicious and guarded, Bruno Sourdais gives little away. His wines, thankfully, speak for him. Stuck away up a side valley at the top of Cravant, one feels that he relishes a degree of relative anonymity (despite the fact that he runs a basic website and is contactable - in theory - on e-mail). In terms of the wines, I was very impressed and have no reservations in proclaiming this as one of the top dozen or so wine producers in the appellation, with Les Cornuelles 2008 being one of the best wines I tasted during the course of my research in the region and certainly deserving Guide Hachette's accolade of Coup de Coeur for the year. 

Serge & Bruno Sourdais
Le Logis de la Bouchardière

T: + 33 2 47 93 04 27
F: + 33 2 47 93 38 52

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