Verdier-Logel Côtes du Forez "Les Gourmets" 2021

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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): Gamay

Localization: Côte du Forez, Loire Valley, France

Tasting notes:  the color is very translucent garnet (much more than 2018). The nose is fine and fresh, on morello cherries and violets, with a twist of a pepper mill. The mouth is round, very ample, airy, deploying with energy a delicate, silky substance, expressing a delicious and tasty fruit, on a mineral and spicy background. The tonic finish continues in the same vein, without the slightest hardening, with persistence on sour cherry, damp earth, and pepper.

The Domain: The Côtes du Forez appellation is located between the Loire and Allier rivers in the center of France. Domaine Verdier-Logel is the leading estate of this small and obscure appellation where vineyards are few and far between. The Côtes du Forez hillsides are foothills of the volcanic mountains of the Massif Central and have soils of granite and volcanic composition. Due to the difficult climate only parcels with the best exposition and soils are planted to grapevines. The appellation’s laws mandate Gamay as the sole grape to be used and Verdier-Logel produces separate wines from volcanic soils “Volcanique” and granite soils “Cuvée des Gourmets“. These soils impart a rich earthy fragrance to the wines which combine well with the elegant fruitiness of the gamay grape.