Andrew Guard

2017 Pinot d'Aunis, Clos de Tue Boeuf

This beauty is made from the very rare and interesting Pinot d'Aunis, a grape that has the aromatic mystique and perfume of the Bazaars and Souks of the old orient. Rose, pepper, smoke, licorice, tobacco....enchanting and it is sad that less than 40 hectares remain in the Loire today - the grape in the Puzelat's hands is buoyant and juicy with fresh tension and vibrancy in the mouth. This is a cult wine from them and, again, I didn't get much!

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 in 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.