Patrick Bouju & Justine Loiseau Super B 2020

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St Georges Sur Allier, Auvergne, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Granitic Gamay a la Bouju coming from his own vines over the volcanic soils of the Auvergne. The grapes are all destemmed, lending a softness that tempers the tension in the acidity. The fruit is bright and nimble with a fresh tartness that catches the jaw like chomping on a berry. The imprint of the soils are strong; this really is one of those Gamays that tastes like it has been filtered through stone. B is for banger.

Patrick started making wine in 2004 with 1.5 hectares of vines which has now increased to around 5 hectares. The soil in Patrick’s vineyards is heavily basaltic thanks to the chain of extinct volcanoes, the Puy de Dôme at its heart, which form the backbone of the region. Patrick’s vineyards are mainly planted with old Gamay d’Auvergne (a smaller berried, thicker skinned variety than its Beaujolais cousin), a little Chardonnay and some Pinot Noir.