VDF "La Guerrerie" (Côt/Gamay)
90% Côt/10% Gamay. La Guerrerie is an estate parcel named in reference to its history as a battlefield in the Hundred Years' War. It is a flat, clay-rich site co-planted with Côt, aka Malbec, and Gamay in the 1980's. The Puzelats farm it organically and harvest it by hand.
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 Guerrerie is aged for 10-12 months in used demi-muids and 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.