97 Insider Points- Founder's Pick
"Quite simply this was the very best wine that I tasted at 2015 edition of the World Wine Meetings. Gamay is a tough sell, but I don’t really care because honestly when you taste this wine you will be absolutely blown away! This is my personal pick for the very best QPR of any wine we have imported in 2015.
This is wine spice in a bottle with clove, herbs, tons of black pepper yet elegant with near perfect balance. Gamay is arguably the best food wine and this bottling sure helps to bolster that case. " - TW Oct 2015
Loire Valley, France
Direct from the Loire Valley and direct from the desk of invino founder Tony Westfall, who fell HARD for this red at the 2015 World Wine Meetings.
“Quite simply, this was the very best wine that I tasted,” admits Westfall. “Gamay may be a tough sell, but I don’t really care because honestly when you taste this wine you will be absolutely blown away!”
While Gamay remains in relative obscurity, the fact is it is one of the most food-friendly red wines out there. This one is jammed with spice—cloves, herbs, tons of fresh-cracked black pepper—yet it’s also elegant and amazingly well balanced. Vividly, astoundingly fresh red raspberry fruit is juicy and thirst quenching, and the wine finishes strong with bright acidity and a notable zip!
“This is my personal pick for the very best QPR of any wine we have imported in 2015,” says Westfall. It’s also a fantastic party wine and a winner with typical Thanksgiving fare, even sweet potatoes!
Reasons why we love it:
Proprietor Jean-Francois Babin’s first career was as a furniture builder and designer. As an artist first and foremost, Babin designs all the company’s wine labels himself and brings his considerable creative skills to all facets of the winemaking process.
Gamay might not be a commonly known grape variety these days, but the grape has actually been around a looooong time. This early ripener was first mentioned in the 15th century, though there is evidence that Gamay was cultivated in Burgundy as early as 1360. It is most famous as the grape behind Beaujolais, where it reaches impressive heights in Cru Beaujolais such as Morgon and Fleurie.
This wine is 100% organic and biodynamic and was made without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or sulfites. Aside from fine wine grapes, this estate also produces organically grown apricots from orchards on the premises as well as organic mushrooms, which are grown in the same underground cellars in which the wines are aged.
Very intense ruby with purplish reflection, bright. Explosion of fruit in the nose, dominance of cherry with woodsy taste. Lingering and delicate finish.
In the Loire Valley, in the heart of the Region of Layon, this vineyard is located in the small village of Concourson sur Layon and covers 27 HA. Considered as one of the most famous sweet wine in the Loire Valley, this Gamay has grown on a limestone and clay soils. All the wines are elaborated in an organic process and the yield are managed (50 Hl/Ha) to get the best concentration of fruit. 6 000 bottles per year.
It’s also a fantastic party wine and a winner with typical Thanksgiving fare, even sweet potatoes!