Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Sibylle Rose, 2020

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s there a better winemaker in Sancerre these days than Gerard Boulay? Of course one could bring up Vatan or the Cotat brothers, but those wines are made in a style that puts them in an almost separate category. And there a other producers we love (Vacheron, Crochet and Labaille to name a few), but what about the Sancerre style that made these wines loved all over the world in the first place?

If you want a Sauvignon Blanc that is perfectly balanced between fresh, exuberant fruit and lean, saline minerality than Boulay really is your guy. This is the style of wine that was first discovered by ex pats and soldiers during the world wars and then began to really take off in U.S. bistros during the 1970's and '80's. It's simply delicious and extremely drinkable.

However, Boulay's Sancerre has a distinct difference from those old school, maître d' w/ a faux French accent bistro wines: namely it is essentially "natural". The vineyards are farmed without chemicals and the winemaking is hands off, with only small amounts of sulphur added.

And that is the trick! Pure, fun, fresh and delightful Sancerre that combines both the future and the past of this famous region.

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
Pinot Noir
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
From 35-40 year old Pinot Noir vines on the steep hillsides in front of the Boulay home in Chavignol.
ORIENTATION
Multiple parcels, varied exposure
SOIL
Steep clay hillside
VITICULTURE
Gerard works the soil manually and lets nature make the wine
VINIFICATION
Tank fermented. Boulay adds no yeast and minimal amounts of SO2
AGING
Tank aged
PRODUCTION
200 cases annually

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Loire

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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