2021 Sauvignon Gris

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2021 Sauvignon Gris
2021 Sauvignon Gris

88 Points, Wine Advocate

Tasting notes


This variety has consistently expressed a slate or nice “wet rock” aroma.  Hints of fresh orange and lemon zest, Spring-time flowers, pear, almond.  Good palate weight with a crisp-apple acidity and a balanced structure.  The fruit carries into the palate and through to a clean lingering finish.

* 100% Estate Grown Fruit from the Middleburg Virginia AVA

Production notes


Sauvignon Gris may be the most obscure variety grown in Bordeaux (only 2-3% of white grape acreage is devoted to Sauvignon Gris) and is still a rarity in this country.  It has most traditionally been used as a blender with Sauvignon BlancHere at Boxwood, the Sauvignon Gris is grown in two different vineyard blocks.  Once again this was the variety picked first to begin the vintage. In 2021 the fruit was selectively hand-harvested into lugs (hand carried boxes holding about 25 lbs. of fruit) on August 26th and 31st, with a third and final pass on September 13th to gather the later ripening clusters. 

This fruit was chilled overnight, then sorted and whole clusters were pressed with the juice going directly to stainless-steel tanks for settling and fermentation.  To maintain the natural aromas of the grapes and preserve the variety’s fresh flavors, the wine was fermented slowly at a cool 58°F.  The wine was then aged and occasionally stirred on the light lees (yeasty sediment) to help build more body and richness into the mid-palate.

Fortunately, 2021 provided us with another good vintage and plentiful fruit so that we’re able to bottle our third consecutive varietal Sauvignon Gris.  This grape is traditionally used to enhance a Sauvignon Blanc blend; this time we have reversed the roles and use Sauvignon Blanc to enrich the Gris.

VarietalSauvignon Gris
Varietal Composition80% Sauvignon Gris, 20% Sauvignon Blanc // 100% Estate Grown Fruit
AppellationMiddleburg Virginia AVA
VineyardBoxwood Estate
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced620
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginVirginia


88 Points, Wine Advocate

"This is a fresh and focused white. Despite seeming to be light and lively, it has adequate concentration. It is well balanced and tasty in its fresh and understated manner. In other words, exepct something with acidity and reasonable concentration, not exuberant fruit. There are traces of herbs around the edges. This is a Fine choice for a fresh summer white."



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