2019 Thibaud Boudignon Rosé de Loire
Loire Valley, France
It is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau organically farmed in Faye d'Anjou (one of the crus of the Coteaux du Layon) by a producer Thibaud has built a strong relationship with. The grapes are grown on schists and volcanic rhyolites. They are direct pressed, fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tank. Malo is blocked to preserve freshness.
This gorgeous Rosé is briming with wild strawberry, wild cherry, white peach, pomegranite, lavender and white flower notes. The palate is rich yet crisp with expressive mineral and hints of chalk. This is a gem at this price - and one of the best rosés we've tasted this year.
91 points, Vinous. "Shimmering orange-pink. Vibrant strawberry and tangerine qualities on the incisive nose, along with bright mineral and floral accents. Taut and energetic on the palate, offering fresh red berry, nectarine, orange zest and floral pastille flavors underscored by a nervy mineral note. Finishes floral and long, with resonating minerality and a hint of pit fruits.’"
Thibaud Boudignon is unquestionably one of the most exciting figures in wine today. Originally from Bordeaux, he honed his winemaking craft while working at Philipe Charlopin in Gevrey-Chambertin during the early 2000s. It was in 2009 that he began to make wine under his own name from a scant 3.5 ha in the heart of Anjou and Savennieres. Boudignon, one of the fastest rising stars in the Loire Valley, is crafting some of the best Rosé as well.