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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Domaine de la Garreliere Gamay Sans Tra-La-La 2011

Gamay is going to be big. Take it from me, I have my finger on the pulse and a commercial palate. Whilst I may be (a little more than) half joking, when well made it can have this joyful exuberance, whilst at the same time posessing a little depth for thought.

Located near Richeliu, south of Tours and fairly close to Chinon, the vines of Domaine de la Garreliere are Biodynamically farmed. South-East facing aspect atop limestone and clay. Yields at 40l/hectare are much lower compared to the regional norm of around 60l/ha - a good qualitative indicator. 

Sour cherry and brambly notes. In the mouth, it's tart - a compote of black fruit with a hint of sourness. Rises in a peak of spice, black pepper and mace hints, with an earthen depth. Completed with a fantastic line of acid.

Lively and fun - could quite easily smash a fair bit of this down. Not a particularly lengthy wine, but i considered that of little issue given its temporal nature. 89 Good

Tasted on: Friday 28th December, a Flower Day
Source: Living Wines
Price: $30
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Cork

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