Domaine Garreliere Gamay Sans Tra LaLa
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PRODUCER: The Domaine de la Garrelière was once the property of the Duke of Richelieu, nephew of the Cardinal, Jean-Armand du Plessis. The vineyard represented a large area, planted with different vine plants (folle, hybrids 54-55, etc.). The production of white wine was substantial and renowned. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the Domaine de la Garrelière covered 60 hectares of vines. The cellar was built in 1850 and the vault, fitted out for aging wines in barrels, dates from 1645.
In 1973, Pierre Plouzeau, wine merchant in Chinon, wishing to extend his vineyard in Chinon fell in love when he visited this estate which was for sale and decided to buy it back. A long work of restructuring and planting begins. Gradually, we uprooted all the plots of vines and replanted them with noble grape varieties: Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, then Gamay. For a few years, Pierre Plouzeau manages and markets the estate's wines.
It was in 1985 that François, son of Pierre Plouzeau, decided to take over the Domaine de la Garrelière and set up there as a winegrower. The work of restructuring continues, we also plant Chenin and Chardonnay. Today the vineyard represents around twenty hectares of vines in production.
WINEMAKING: Carbonic maceration for 15 days (depending on the vintage). Vatting the whole grapes in a tank previously filled with CO2. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in concrete vats. Wine Without all the tra-la-la…
TASTING NOTES: Ripe cherry, plum and woodland fruit on the palate with a few grinds of black pepper, spice and layers of violets and herbs. A very natural approach is taken with the winemaking, keeping the flavour focused on the terroir as much as possible. The joyous label captures the essence of this wine. The French would call this a ‘gouleyant’ wine, meaning that it is gluggable or smashable.