Thevenet & Fils Macon Pierreclos Rouge 2015
Thevenet & Fils Macon Pierreclos Rouge 2015 | Bottle Price: $17.99 | Case Price: $194.29
Gamay is a grape that has been labeled as simple and low in quality since the 70’s and 80’s when Beaujolais Nouveau was all anyone knew, a fine example of the power of strong marketing. However Gamay is not dissimilar to the much loved Pinot Noir – both are thin-skinned grapes that produce wines that are generally light, fresh, and juicy, however they can also be deep and complex. We find both examples absolutely joyful, pure pleasure in a glass.
This wine is so cheerful with lively aromatics of red and purple fruits – raspberry, cherry and cherry blossom perfume the glass. It’s medium-bodied with notes of cherry-berry and subtle hints of earth, soft tannins, and a spicy finish. It’s bright and clean on the palate and easy to drink with or without food. The mouthwatering acidity makes you keep reaching for another glass. Gamay goes with so many dishes (cheese, sausage, roast chicken) – we like this one with salty Sardine and Swiss Chard Gratin.
The Thevenet family farms 30 hectares of vineyards centered in the village of Pierreclos in the heart of the Maconnais. Chardonnay is the primary grape produced, however they also grow Pinot Noir and Gamay. The Pierreclos Rouge is 100% gamay from 40-year-old vines. The Maconnais is situated just North of Beaujolais where gamay is dominant.