VDF "La Butte" (Gamay)
100% Gamay. La Butte or "the hill" is an organically farmed, hand-harvested 1.7-hectare parcel of 85-year-old Gamay on flinty clay-limestone soils in the Touraine (Tue-Boeuf has been purchasing this fruit for many years from a neighbor who is also their source for the Petit Buisson Sauvignon). A small percentage of the fruit is of the teinturier type, distinguished by its red flesh, which adds deep color and flavor to this wine.
As is typical of Tue-Boeuf reds, the fruit goes as whole clusters into huge oak vats for a spontaneous fermentation, which is a semi-carbonic maceration with a closed top for around 10 to 14 days. The clusters are pressed and the wine finishes with a non-carbonic, open top fermentation in vat. La Butte is aged for about 8 months in used Burgundy barrels; it is bottled without fining or filtration and with little to no sulfur. Up through 2018, it was classified as an AOC Touraine wine, but starting in 2019, it is a Vin de France.