Andrew Guard

2017 Touraine Blanc 'Le Petit Buisson', Clos de Tue-Boeuf

2017 Touraine Blanc 'Le Petit Buisson' is Sauvignon Blanc produced from old  vines from a lieu-dit rich in quartz, and in the cruel 2017 vintage it is really quite something, vintage and quality like this only reallhappens twice a decade. It is beautifully fresh, tight and elegant with lovely texture and fragrance. Wonderfully refreshing, contemplative, satisfying and incredibly drinkable - this would be at home in a wine bar and a fine dining restaurant as it has both easy charm and fine character. 

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.