Clos du Tue Boeuf, Vin Rouge, 2020
Part of the original natural wine movement in France, Clos du Tue-Boeuf are making some of the Loire’s most interesting wines, with many native, and near-extinct varietals.
Brothers Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat have been working the family estate since the early 1990’s, the core of their holdings an organically farmed 10 ha estate; The Clos de Tue Bouf, in the Cheverny region of the Loire Valley.
Their vineyard is part of a balanced eco-system, isolated from other agriculture in the region, the old-vines of Tue-Boeuf (Some over 100 years-old), are interspersed amongst the natural greenery of the region.
Their range of wines is threefold; from the original clos of 5 ha in the commune of Les Montils, a separate parcel of 3+ hectares in Monthou-Sur-Bievre, and fruit purchased from organic growers mostly in the Cher Valley.
A Vin de France wine, produced exclusively from Gamay, and sourced from the vineyard belonging to a friend of the Puzelats in Touraine, that is organically farmed. The vines are quite young, ranging in age from 5-30 years-old planted on clay-calcareous soils.
Such a slurpable easy going wine, lightly fragrant and everything you want in a fresher style Gamay. Juicy and lithe, with lovely tart black and red berries, it’s supple, bright, and really refreshing, a thirst-quenching kind of wine.
This is a fan favorite if there ever was one.