La Butte Touraine Rouge 2015

SKU/Code: 
DB0527-15
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay
Country: 
France
Region: 
Loire
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic
Clos du Tue-Boeuf

100% Gamay. Named for the site, La Butte features 40-to-65-year-old vines planted on flinty clay soils on the Touraine portion of the Tue-Boeuf estate; they are organically farmed and harvested by hand. Like all of the Tue-Boeuf reds, the wine goes through whole-cluster, open-top, semi-carbonic fermentation in vat; La Butte is then pressed, aged for 8 months in used Burgundy barrels and bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Compared to the entry-level, glouglou Vin Rouge Gamay, La Butte is firmer and darker with an iron-tinged  finish. Typically, the wine makes the cut as Touraine AOC but in 2016 was classified as VDF.