Andrew Guard

2016 Côtes du Forez 'Rézinet', Verdier-Logel

100% Gamay  A deeper wine than the La Volcanique, there are vibrant black fruits on the nose, cherry, damson plum and fresh tinges of herbs. The palate is lush, succulent and juicy and it feels full, cool, savoury and tense with cool fruit. This is again quite simply fantastic to drink, and it is exactly what Gamay combined with an igneous terroir and its acid soils should be all about. A great alternative to Cru Beaujolais

The remote and somewhat unknown Côtes du Forez appellation is located between the Loire and Allier rivers in the center of France. Domaine Verdier-Logel is the leading estate of this small and obscure appellation where vineyards are few and far between.

More than twenty years on since they started out together Jacky Logel and Odile Vergier - the finest producers in their appellation - are looking to retire, and it is Jacky's nephew Maxime Gillier who is set to take over the running of the domaine - this is easily the best estate of the Côtes du Forez