Les Grangeons de l’Albarine, Gamay of Thrones 2018
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Luc Bauer buys the Gamay grapes from a pensioner who pampers his vines with utmost care and attention, and totally free of chemicals. Planted on a south-facing slope at 350m altitude covered in limestone scree, half of the parcel is planted with 60-year-old gobelet, while the rest of the vines are 40 years old and trellised. Surprised by the yields in 2018 (40hh), Luc was forced to destem half of the harvest so it could all fit in his cuve, and the cuvaison lasted about 10 days with hardly any remontage. Bottled without sulphur, the colour is a gorgeous shade of pink with purple hints. This is a true ‘vin de copains’, direct and thirst-quenching, with bright violets and crunchy cherries, and the salivating finish makes you reach for another sip almost immediately.