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Gamay Noir, 2015. Maison L'Envoye

Gamay Noir, 2015. Maison L'Envoye

Item #: U0120R2IF
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Gamay Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Moulin-a-Vent, France
Color: Bright Scarlet
Nose: Strawberries Galore
Palate: Full Frontal Fruit
Finish: Red Currants
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Fowl, Game, Vegetarian/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Maison L'Envoye is a collaborative effort between Mark Tarlov of Chapter 24 Vineyards in Oregon and Old Bridge Cellars, a top wine importer headquartered in Napa Valley. They import extraordinary wines from all over the world and our selection is certainly worthy.

Beaujolais is probably the most misunderstood appellation in France. Most think of Beaujolais as easy-drinking quaffable wine with no particular distinction and, quite frankly, most of it is. However, there are ten villages which grow outstanding Gamay known as "Cru."

Moulin-a-Vent is considered one of the finest Cru in Beaujolais. It typically has more body, more flavor, and can sometime be thought of as a Burgundy. That is a high praise as very few wines can be compared to the great reds of Burgundy.

Besides being completely organic, the estate uses only natural yeasts and is barreled for 11 months. This adds complexity and weight. Half the grapes are crushed and de-stemmed the usual way, while the other half are fermented by carbonic maceration. This is a technique where they place the grapes into a tank and as more grapes are added, the weight of the grapes crushes the grapes below them. It is the gentlest way to crush grapes and this accounts for the bright fruit in the wine.