The eponymous vineyard is located in the town of Front Royal on a western facing bluff above the Shenandoah Valley at an elevation of 600 feet. It was planted in 2000 by Richard Boisseau on his ancestral farm.
The entire vineyard is cordon trained on VSP.
Vine spacing and density
Older vines are planted at 10 × 7 feet or 622 vines per acre. New plantings are at 10 × 3.5 feet or 1,244 vines per acre.
Harvest and yields
Boisseau is Linden’s warmest site and is the first to ripen. Chardonnay and Viognier are usually picked in early September. The red harvest starts in late September. Yields at Boisseau are usually higher than the other sites due to the warmer temperatures, younger vines, and more vigorous soils.
Site influence on style and flavor
Boisseau wines tend to be very fruit forward with lots of mid-palate fat. They show very well when young and are especially appealing in blind tastings. The Chardonnay is Mâcon-like with tropical fruit and richness. The Boisseau Red has an almost Southern Rhone texture.
First vines planted in 2000
Cabernet Franc: 1 acre
Merlot: 0.5 acre
Petit Verdot: 0.75 acre
Cabernet Sauvignon: 0.75 acre
Chardonnay: 0.70 acre
Viognier: 0.40 acre