Verdier-Logel La Volcanique 2020

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Cotes du Forez, Auvergne, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites
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Excellent-value Gamay from the basalt-rich volcanic terroir of the Auvergne. Pretty black cherry fruit with that juicy, bubblegum quality to it, underpinned by stony, mineral notes. A lovely lick of acid makes it the perfect lighter red to cut fattier cuts of meat, rich cheeses and charcuterie.

Cotes du Forez is a little-known appellation at the southernmost part of the Loire, sitting west of Beaujolais, hence it's similar propensity for red wines made with Gamay. The extinct chain of volcanoes here means more basalt and less granite, providing a different, often more concentrated, fuller expression. If you're a Beauj' fan and haven't gone 'Auvergnat' yet, here is a great place to start!