La Butte VDF
100% Gamay. Tue Boeuf has been purchasing and harvesting this old-vine Gamay for 15 years from a Cher Valley neighbor (also the source of the Petit Buisson fruit). La Butte is an organically farmed, hand-harvested 1.4-hectare parcel of 85-year-old Gamay on flinty clay soils. A small percentage of the vines are of the teinturier type distinguished by its red flesh, which adds deep color as well as flavor to this wine. Like all of the Tue-Boeuf reds, the wine goes through whole-cluster, open-top, semi-carbonic fermentation in vat; La Butte is then pressed, aged for 8 months in used Burgundy barrels and bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Compared to the entry-level, glouglou Vin Rouge Gamay, La Butte is firmer and darker with an iron-tinged finish. Typically, the wine is a Touraine AOC but in 2016 was classified as VDF.