2019 Gerard Boulay Sibylle Rose

Sancerre Rose is rare and wonderful, let's drink more. 100% old vine Pinot Noir, wild ferment - a rose of grace and length.
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Sancerre is more than Sauvignon - there is a fair amount of Pinot Noir grown in the vineyards around the famous town in the Upper Loire Valley. And it can make great, great Rose.

Famous producer Gerard Boulay releases small amounts of a stunning Pinot Rose named 'Sibylle'. It is the right shade of pale but has so much more complexity and electricity than a Provencal equivalent. Watermelon, rosewater, negroni flavours flow throughout, and the palate is long and minerally, even oyster-shelly.

There's no oak and no malolactic fermentation, it is just pure, pristine Rose brilliance.

Let it first be said that Gérard Boulay makes a stunning rosé. While Sancerre is not generally known as a port of call for rosé lovers, there are a number of top growers crafting some of France’s finest examples (see Alphonse Mellot and Vacheron for example). This beauty is drawn from 35- to 40-year-old Pinot Noir vines (grown specifically to make rosé) located on the steep hillside of Chavignol. Boulay selects from roughly 0.8 hectares of vines (sometimes across a little more in vintages that are difficult for reds).


This fruit was hand-harvested and left to macerate for 24 hours. The press wine and free-run juice were fermented wild (vinified separately). Boulay blocked malo to keep tension and no oak was involved. This new vintage is a brilliant pale salmon colour and strikingly fragrant, with red fruits, a Campari-like zestiness and mountain herbs. The palate has salivating minerality and mouth-watering acidity, reminiscent of the Domaine’s white wines.

93 Points - "“Translucent orange-pink. Highly perfumed, mineral-accented strawberry, nectarine and orange zest scents, along with a hint of pungent flowers. Silky, seamless and focused on the palate, offering vibrant red berry, citrus fruit and white peach flavors and a sweetening touch of honey. Deepens with air and finishes very long and silky, with lingering red fruit character and vibrant mineral cut.” - Josh Reynolds (Vinous.com)

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    Was hoping for more.

    Had nice body and touch of creaminess but lacked minerality which I expected as I love the Sauvignon Blanc

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