Rouillon Cheverny Rouge 2016

SKU/Code: 
DB0530-16
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir/Gamay
Country: 
France
Region: 
Loire
Farming Type: 
Organic
Clos du Tue-Boeuf

50% Pinot Noir/50% Gamay. Named for the site (which translates as "rusty" for the red tinge of the clay soils), Rouillon is a single 1.9-hectare estate plot of 20-year-old Gamay and Pinot Noir vines onflinty, limestone-rich clay soils, 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; Rouillon is then pressed, aged for 6 months in demi-muids and bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. It is the only blended red in the Tue-Boeuf line-up and shows the typical Touraine earthy-smoky Gamay quality along with a pretty, floral yet more structured Pinot Noir aspect. Because Rouillon lies within the original Clos, the home estate of Tue-Boeuf in Cheverny, the full estate name features prominently at the top of the label; the wine is classified as Cheverny AOC.