2007 Jean-Francois Merieau Gamay de Touraine "Bois Jacou"

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According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Jean-Francois Merieau is clearly a major Touraine talent, and the fact that his numerous wines bear some of the most striking and delightful new labels I have encountered in a long time should help draw wine lovers’ attention." (08/08) This red comes from 40- to 60-year-old gamay from a a single block of vines, harvested by hand and fermented and aged in tank for eight months before release. Pure and rich, it represents an astounding value in Touraine and the Loire as a whole!

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By: Mulan Chan-Randel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2008 | Send Email
I really, really like this wine. In fact, I am a huge fan of all three wines that K&L carries from this talented winemaker. 2007 was very good to reds from the Loire Valley, endowing many of them with ripe juicy red fruit nuances, good acidity and supple tannins. Chill this 100% gamay down just a few degrees, pop open and enjoy with a Tuesday night burger, pork chop or something fancier like seared duck breasts in pomegranate sauce!

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
Alcohol Content (%): 12