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Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Sybille Rose 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
The Boulay family has been in Sancerre since 1380, Gerard the current generation of the family adds no yeast and little to no SO2 during vinification. He describes his role as one of “surveillance” to make sure nothing goes wrong. In general he works by instinct, “au feeling” because he wants to “let the wine live” and tries not to interfere with the natural process. Most of his vineyard sites average about 45 years in age. While many vignerons in Sancerre continue with conventional winemaking, Gerard continues to implement organic farming and making thoughtful, traditional Sancerre.
Tinel Blondelet, Sancerre Rose 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
What’s most impressive about Tinel-Blondelet is the fact that Annick represents the twelfth generation of winemaking; their family has been dutifully wine growing for more than 400 years in the Loire Valley. Ferdnand Blondelet, the previous generation, is to thank for much of the identity of the winery today. Fifty years ago, he had been endeavoring in farming in the area of Pouilly sur Loire when he decided to focus solely on viticulture. He later acquired more land in Sancerre, which gave the family another appellation in which to bottle their wine. Fernand then became the first of the Tinels to create a wine-tasting cellar. Today, Tinel continues the tradition of the family coupled with her authenticity; both traits exude themselves in the wines.
This is Pinot Noir from 40 year old vines of flint and limestone soils. The wine is pressed directly, resulting in a very pale pink. The wine is then produced the same as a white wine, and drinks like one, too. It is fresh, minerally, and soft with surprising length.
Francois Chidaine, Touraine Rose 2022Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grolleau, Gamay, and Pinot Noir
Francois and Manuéla are a husband and wife operation based in both Montlouis and Vouvray located in the central Loire Valley. In a region that produced bulk wine for years, particularly after WWII, the Chidaine duo brought an emphasis to wines of quality and regenerative farming; they also look to natural winemaking. One of their largest goals is to look to the future, “an effort to save the world.” Chidaine’s household wines are varying styles of Chenin Blanc from dry to off-dry to sparkling. Their inspired lineup includes classic reds and whites from the Loire made into vibrant, juicy styles ranging in price points. Their momentum only continues as they seek to better the world around them.
This rosé is made into a vibrant style from equal parts of Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Grolleau. The fruit all comes from their estate vineyards which are biodynamically farmed. The juice is completed entirely in stainless steel to keep this wine fresh. Only 550 cases of this wine are made annually.