Andrew Guard

2017 Touraine Rouge 'La Guerrerie', Clos de Tue Boeuf

This is a super bright and elegant blend of Gamay and Cot (Malbec) from an excellent but cruel vintage. The result is a pure, perfumed light and refreshing red wine with vivid appeal. It's very lithe and juicy in the mouth and has a bright and crunchy personality. I'll be drinking it cool like an earthy Cru Beaujolais and enjoying with friends and light fare.

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.