Domaine Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rosé Sibylle 2023

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Domaine Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rosé Sibylle 2023
Producer Domaine Gérard Boulay
Region, Country Sancerre, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 12
Product Code 23374-750

Given its size, Sancerre is home to a disproportionate number of France’s great rosé wines. Think, to name a few, Alphonse Mellot, Cotat and Vacheron. We have only been shipping this rosé in recent vintages because (to be honest) we didn’t know it existed until then. We asked Gérard why he hadn’t offered us the wine before. “You didn’t ask,” he replied. There’s a lesson there. Anyway, this gorgeous rosé is drawn from 35- to 50-year-old Pinot Noir vines—explicitly grown to make rosé—on the steep hillside of Chavignol. Boulay selects from roughly 0.8 hectares, sometimes across a little more in vintages that are difficult for reds (which 2023 wasn’t).

This fruit was hand-harvested and macerated for 24 hours. The press wine and free-run juice were fermented wild (vinified separately). Boulay blocks the malolactic conversion to keep tension, and no oak is involved. The new release opens with mineral-accented red berries, juicy, mouthwatering watermelon, mint and orange peel. Bustling with clarity and crunchy vibrancy, the palate is pure silk, with an array of pretty red fruit and grape-skin flavours punctuated by crunchy freshness. Great length, too. A serious and seriously delicious Chavignol rosé. 

Domaine Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rosé Sibylle 2023

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