Andrew Guard

2022 Cheverny Blanc 'Gravotte', Clos du Tue Boeuf

 Organic Sauvignon Gris and Chardonnay grapes were harvested by hand and fermented with indigenous yeast, then aged in old oak barrels, eventually bottled with no fining, filtration or added sulphur. This is a classy and elegant natural white wine made from a rare clone of Sauvignon Blanc and an aromatic clone of Chardonnay. As with many of the Puzelat wines, there is a serious purity of fruit on display here with a refreshing mineral backbone. Clean and precise!

Clos de Tue-Bœuf is run by two brothers, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat, who tend their 10-hectare family estate in Les Montils (in the Cheverny AOC) and rent 6 hectares in a village nearby, in the Touraine AOC. The brothers were luck, their father had always worked Clos du Tue Boeuf with a very limited range of organic products and so the soils are alive; he also had never machine-harvested his vineyards or used industrial yeasts. The resultant wines are vibrant, translucent, and explosively flavourful and in many ways taste like they are home-made in that they have an honesty, truthfulness and wholesomeness in their flavours.