Red

2009 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Rouge Chavignol

Pinot Noir

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Upper Loire
  • Sancerre Rouge
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • french16 wrote:

    May 17, 2015 - Delicous. Light, crunchy bright red fruit.

  • Oh Dae-su wrote: 88 points

    December 17, 2014 - 5:39 pm (just opened)
    Colour: interesting hue; largely very transparent and surprisingly dark garnet colour; no substantial discolourations
    Nose: a bit weird at start; savage, maybe a bit grungy, definitely a bit more than slightly glue'y (13,5 %), besides that I am getting hints of dark berries (mildly boiled), indications of oak, some black olives (?) and diffuse sweaty animal odour; at the moment special, crude, mostly cool -apart of the dark berries – and still a bit out of balance
    Taste: even a bit more weird; right after popping the cork a bit very nervous and rustic, kinda malty, dominated by mostly brown (and a bit pulpy) fruit, traces of eucalyptic freshness plus sturdy smoke (perhaps even a bit meaty), downright imprinted by the local soil (at the moment in a rather harsh way), quite tannic and very well equipped with plenty of acid, actual length seems fine; this one needs more than just some integration time; I am afraid it is demanding a two or even three day tasting session.
    7:11 pm
    Nose: luckily the glue'y expression vanished, right now there is more smoke and smoked meat, even some musk is evolving, the dark berries are still present although a bit shy and still mildly boiled, all in all it is appearing substantially more balanced, however still very rustic and peasant'ish
    Taste: not as nervous as 1 ½ hours ago, there is balance is on the horizon; the fruit flavours are seeming more fresh and less brown, there are obvious characteristics of Pinot - of lean, cool-climate, smoky and fresh Pinot – evident. Still pretty wild, rustic and crude and full of deep mineral footprints, abrasiveness and astringency has eased as well
    8:55 pm
    Nose: fruit fragrances (still mildly boiled ones) are gaining ground, arising herbal attributes as well (mostly juniper, black pepper and fennel), musk and meaty smoke impression is consistent, at the moment there might be a few steely characteristics, too; overall more approachable, complex and balanced, however still a bit rough
    Taste: gaining more precision, length and depth, the actual flavours haven't changed so much; I think this is about to enter an enjoyable, pretty balanced and very lively phase, a minor hint of alcohol might be in the starting block (we'll see); still nowhere near elegance or transcendence, but a lot of character and very “reasonable” profundity
    9:56 pm
    Nose: seems pretty steady at the moment; well, the musk – which I wasn't tremendously fond of – is declining
    Taste: same here, no mentionable movement; maybe a bit more playful; alcoholic aromas are still in the cage – I hope they will remain there
    11:13 pm
    At the moment in a really good phase; flavours are pretty much the same and not so far away from a state of harmony; still a rather juvenile wine with a quite a lot to potential to evolve

  • zscheiner Likes this wine: 87 points

    April 15, 2012 - Nice strawberry nose. Light bodied with medium+ acidity. Tart cherries and cranberries, earth and minerality. Finishes a bit rustic with earth and light tannins. Still a solid QPR.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    August 29, 2011 - Appropriately pale. Light strawberries and earth on the nose. Delicate but not anemic, good acidity, anise and soil at the end. A nice, smaller scale Pinot for early enjoyment.

  • THT wrote: 87 points

    March 28, 2011 - Sitôt reçu, je n'ai pas résisté à l'envie de goûter. Belle robe intense. Le nez est réticennt (ce n'est pas très étonnant, juste après le voyage), puis à l'aération révèle des notes de fruits, puis florales (rose rouge, mais aussi au bout d'un moment des notes de fleurs à bulbe). Quelques moments plus tard, des notes plus terriennes et un soupçon animal. En bouche le vin est mûr, avec une jolie matière, on retrouve les notes de roses rouges. C'est savoureux, mais pas très expressif pour le moment.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Gérard Boulay
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Chavignol
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Upper Loire
  • Appellation Sancerre Rouge

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  • In Cellars 14 (38%)
  • Consumed 23 (62%)

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