Grape Varieties: 50% Gamay, 50% Merlot
Producer: Les Gaules de Bois (Vincent Alexis & Romuald Cousy)
Region: Bergerac & Beaujolais, France
Wild Scale: 3/5
Winemaking: Organic Gamay grapes were purchased from a grower in Beaujolais. Organic Merlot grapes were grown in Duras. The wines were fermented with indigenous yeast and aged separately (Merlot in old barrels, Gamay in stainless steel) and then blended after 1 year. Bottled with no fining or filtration and just a touch of sulphur.
This Wine: Still, natural red wine with amazing balance of juicy, fresh fruit flavours and round body (but almost no tannin). Really interesting to taste this rare partnership of grapes and it might just be our new go-to, everyday wine. Great value.
Notes on the Winemaker: Vincent Alexis is an eighth generation winemaker in the Bergerac / Monbazillac region south of Bordeaux who makes superb value wines from local varieties under his Chateau Barouillet label. He has teamed up with his friend Romuald Cousy for a side project 'Les Gaules de Bois' where they purchase grapes from outside their own region in order to create lighter, "vin de soif" styles.