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2018 Marie Thibault 'Les Grandes Vignes' Gamay

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The Gist

  • Grape Varietal: 100% Gamay
  • Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley, France
  • Certified organic farming
  • 50+ year old vines; spontaneous fermentation; de-stemmed with no punchdowns; very long maceration time (10 months); aged 6 months in tank
  • Unfined/Unfiltered
  • 12.5% ABV
  • Imported by Selection Massale

From the importer, "Not from a winemaking family, but with degrees in biology and oenology, Marie Thibault began making wine in the early 2000s.  She worked for a time at François Chidaine in Montlouis, where she fell in love with Chenin Blanc.  In 2011, she founded her own 3.5 hectare domaine in Azay-le-Rideau, a lesser known environ of the Touraine appellation.  While in some sense this is a new beginning for Marie, she has over a decade of experience making wine and benefits from strong relationships with many growers in the region such as Noëlla Morantin and Frantz Saumon.  It sounds cliché, but her passion and energy are infectious; she’s also humble, learning one year to the next how to progress and improve. Marie Thibault’s wines are bold and strong. The best examples need a year or two after bottling to show best, and certainly show potential for cellaring."