La Grande Pièce 2018 — Gamay
A Wine That
shows what Gamay can do in this neck of the woods. A little more depth and spice than its counterparts in Beaujolais, this is all about mystery. Think mossy forests and black peppercorns. The ideal partner for autumnal mushroom, squash and chestnut dishes.
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- Winemaker: Les Jardins de Theseiis
Where and How?
La Grande Pièce is one of Anouk and Paul-Andrés biodynamic parcels, planted in silty clay-limestone. Two cuvées are produced from this parcel from their oldest vines: Sauvignon Blanc (1966) and Gamay (1967).
The grapes were hand harvested and around 80% were destemmed. They were left to macerate for fifteen days, when natural fermentation began. Gently foot stomped. The wine was pressed and blended with the free run juice before being put into barrel, where it was aged for ten months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and without any sulphites added at any stage. 2000 bottles produced.
Taking over the vineyard of a globally celebrated winemaker is not for the faint hearted. Then again, nor is moving across the globe from Montréal to France, pivoting your career from biologist to winemaker, and deciding to work biodynamically from the get-go. But that’s exactly what Anouk Lavoie-Lamoreux and Paul-André Risse did. After tasting a bottle of Bruno n’Côt in 2016, Anouk and Paul-Andre were introduced to Bruno Allion. Little did they know they would soon take on his legacy.
The Loire has become known for a new wave of young, budding winemakers, and while Anouk and Paul-André’s bring their own vision to their vines, they also chose to honour their predecessor. Not only did they fall in love with Bruno’s wines back in 2016, but they also fell in love with his gardens. A magical land packed full of fruit, vegetables and vines.
Under the name Jardins de Theseiis (an homage to both Bruno and the land which came before) their winemaking feels like a respectful continuation of the past – with their own unique stamp, of course.