Wine Review – 2008 Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol Rose, Loire Valley, France

Winery: Gerard BoulayChavignolFront

Bottling: 2008 Sancerre Chavignol Rose (Pinot Noir)

Importer: Polaner Selections

Region: France

Sub-Region: Loire Valley, Sancerre, Chavignol

Estimated Retail Price: $20

Purchase Details: Purchased at the K&L Wine Merchant in SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco for $19.99 plus tax.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, a light pink grapefruit hue.  On the nose, fresh strawberries and raspberries.  Upon first sip, lively grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries and even a little watermelon.  Light in body, but substantial in impact of flavor, acid and mineral.  Finishes dry and snappy.  This is a great food pairing rose.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Salmon with some herbs, cold Chinese ginger chicken, or a pulled pork sandwich with a tangy slaw on the side.  How about sausages and schnitzel with sauerkraut?

ChavignolBackWinery & Other Background Information: The Boulay domaine is located in the small village of Chavignol in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley.  While I really like the ripe, dark pink versions of the roses being made in California these days, the French roses such as this one are the ones that really get me.  I prefer them to be fully dry, rather than with a little residual sugar or sweetness in them.

This rose is my first introduction to the estate’s wines, but I looked up some info about the rest of their wines and am very intrigued by their Sancerre blanc bottlings.  The estate’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian soils, which are similar to those found in Chablis.  They say that the Boulays estate often produces Sancerre that are reminiscent of top Chablis; I will surely be on the lookout for their Sancerre if that’s the case


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