Thibaud Boudignon has gone through the three stages of small-producer cultdom.
First, there were the tweets and instagram posts. Maybe a foreign blog or small magazine article. The allusions to his wine were rapturous, but enigmatic and mostly from overseas.
Then came phase two: devoted wine folk “suit-cased” bottles home to America to share with friends. Word spread. The hunt was on.
Finally, phase three: an importer (Sacred Thirst) started bringing small amounts straight to California. Thanks guys!
Boudignon really exploded as a Chenin producer. But he has 40ish-year-old Cabernet Franc vines that he treats much like the Chenin (except that he blocks malos to preserve freshness). With little skin contact, the red grapes make something pink, fresh, and delicious.
Last year, it was one of our very favorite rosés. Fresh and mineral in a way that only the Loire can give, and gently fruity. Unfortunately, we only got a few cases so couldn’t spread around the pleasure. But this year we got a bit more, please indulge!
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