Gerard Boulay’s Sancerre Rosé has some serious swag - and we’re going to tell you why. Most Sancerre Rosé is made with younger vines, but Gerard’s Pinot Noir vines are between 35 and 40 years old, and grown on steep hillsides in front of his home in Chavignol. Gerard bucks the conventional farming trends within the region and practices organic farming.
Domaine Gerard Boulay has been in possession of the Boulay family since 1380, and Gerard is currently leading the helm.
He describes his work as “surveillance,” in the vineyard and believes in letting the wine live a life of its own.
He does not inoculate in the vat room and doesn’t add any sulfur to his wines.
Varietals: Pinot Noir
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
Notes: Unlike many Sancerre Roses, Gerard harvests his Pinot specifically to make rose by direct press, then into tank. It is not a selection of young vines as he has no young Pinot vines. What makes the rosé one year could make red another, and vice versa, depending on what the vintage gives.
The 2022 Sancerre Rose Sibylle reveals aromas of spring flowers, ripe red berries, lemon, rose petals and spices with menthol hints. Perfectly balanced, textured, juicy and fresh, it’s nicely tense with a long, mouthwatering finish. Recommended. — Yohan Castaing, Score: 91+