For the "chillable red" wine fan who loves to explore alpine wine regions.
One would be hard-pressed to find anyone as devoted to the concepts of sustainability and community as Thierry and Céline Tissot. Their vision is of a sustainable ecological future with a thriving local economy to pass on to their two children. Their village, Vaux-en-Bugey, has been home to the Tissot family for a very long time. They are the fifth generation to work the vineyards in their bucolic sub-alpine setting. Céline and Thierry Tissot organically farm numerous small plots of indigenous grape varieties around their village of Vaux-en-Bugey. These old vineyards have been passed down through the family for generations. One such plot is a single-vineyard of Gamay vines planted in 1977 with southwest exposure in gravelly soil with a calcareous-clay subsoil. The resulting wine is a distinctive and charming local expression of Gamay that has gained a cult following, available in exceptionally limited quantities.
Tasting Notes: Thierry Tissot’s Bugey Gamay is made from 100% Gamay sourced from a gravely vineyard planted in 1977. I’ve seen Gamay from Bugey described as “mountain Cru Beaujolais” and I think that’s Alpine right. It has precise, ripe strawberry and cherry flavors, complemented by loads of mint, jasmine, lily, smoke, and citrus peel. A long finish with a saline, citric edge. There’s a damp potting soil, mushroom quality not unlike Pinot Noir from Burgundy, and spicy black pepper-like Syrah from the Rhone Valley, which isn’t far away. This Gamay benefits from aging, so go for older vintages or hold ‘em if you can.
Pairing: Sticky Teriyaki tofu, Tartiflette, Japanese garlic fried rice, red curry with vegetables, macaroni and cheese with cornbread topping, and barbecue vegetable skewers. VEGAN
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