Thibaud Boudignon, the saviour of Savennières

Thibaud Boudignon, the saviour of Savennières

Tuesday 26th May 2020
by Julian Campbell

Thibaud Boudignon, the saviour of Savennières

Thibaud built his reputation around the world with a string of steely releases, and is now held up as one of the most sought-after producers in the whole of the Loire. If ever a man could be said to be doing to Anjou what Didier Dagueneau did for Sauvignon Blanc, Thibaud is that man.

Back in 2011 we got wind of a young wine grower doing very interesting things in Anjou and Savennières. His name came to us via a diverse range of contacts, all of whom happened to work at stellar domaines. Originally from Bordeaux, Thibaud spent time working at Château Olivier, before honing his skills at Philippe Charlopin in the Côte de Nuits. Buying land in Anjou, renting one vineyard in Savennières, he built his reputation around the world with a string of steely releases, and is now held up as one of the most sought-after producers in the whole of the Loire. If ever a man could be said to be doing to Anjou what Didier Dagueneau did for Sauvignon Blanc, Thibaud is that man.  His original Savennières, Les Fougerais, is no longer, and in its stead come three, soon to be four, single vineyard cuvées that are set to secure Thibaud’s place as the leading light in this historic appellation too.  From these historically significant vineyards Thibaud is now crafting strikingly individual wines; Chenin Blancs of rare clarity and incision. Vignes Fremine, planted just below the winery in Poisonnière produces the most floral, delicate, aromatic cuvée, though one with a subtle and surprising line of steel running through it. Vignes Cendreés comes from the village of Savennières itself where the greater clay content in the soils produces the most Burgundian wine in the line-up, muscled Chenin with a plump midriff of fruit around intense acidity and concentrated minerality. In Clos de la Hutte, Thibaud has set about bringing one of the region’s finest vineyards back to prominence, a vineyard on a par with Coulee de Sérrant and Roche aux Moines. Sitting on pure schist, planted to a diverse selection of different Chenin Blanc clones, it offers huge complexity and power but also remarkable finesse and harmony. It is, “The tiger that stokes” as Thibaud puts it, and with a yield of just 1000 bottles, it is a rare beast indeed. A new cellar, built in 2016, adjacent to Clos de la Hutte, has given Thibaud a whole new level of precision to his winemaking.  Ageing takes place in a mixture of 350, 600 and 1200lt barrels, with less and less new oak being employed across the range. The results are thrilling, age-worthy Chenin Blancs beloved by sommeliers around the world; at the last count Thibaud Boudignon wines were found on no less than 19 of France’s three Michelin restaurants….


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