2023 Domaine de la Rochette Touraine Gamay

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2023 Domaine de la Rochette Touraine Gamay

This is Gamay Noir with white juice. The vines resulting from massal and clonal selections are between between 10 and 30 years old. Planting density is 6500 vines per hectare. Average yields are 50 to 55 Hl/Ha, barely a liter of grape juice per vine. 

Tasting Notes

Colour

Ruby-red colour, bold, garnet red highlights.

Nose

Aromatic, elegant, subtle violet aromas, intense fresh fruit aromas, subtle strawberry aromas, generous raspberry aromas, subtle cinnamon aromas.

Palate

Elegant, delicate, smooth, violet overtones, generous fresh fruit hints, vanilla hints, fresh tannin, round, slightly mineral, light body, good intensity, long length.

2023 Domaine de la Rochette Touraine Gamay

Soil

The soil type "Perruche" is made of flint clay with more or less silica and gravel. Most of the plots are on the first Cher's hillsides, with good exposure and a fairly large slope allowing the flow of excess water.

Vinification

The berries are picked and sorted for quality. Fermentation takes place in concrete vats, which allows a natural micro-oxygenation of the juice. The fermentation is of “semi carbonic” type, which is to stay shielded from air and in an environment of carbon dioxide, making it possible to obtain more elegant and fruity aroma.

The history of Domaine de la Rochette en Loire

Domaine de la Rochette has been in Vincent Leclair's family for four generations. Taking over his father's fifty hectares of vines in 2014, Vincent Leclair has made a few changes to the management of the vineyard, adding his own touch. For example, he keeps the grass in the rows to enrich the soil via other types of plant, and he has also stopped using insecticides, preferring instead sexual confusion hormones: a highly effective means of combating insects harmful to the vines. He then invested in new equipment, much more precise in its application.

These include new tanks and new tractors. Although he is an enthusiast of organic viticulture, he admits that it is rather difficult to implement because the Touraine region experiences a lot of rain throughout the year, resulting in a higher risk of disease. With his new equipment, he has nevertheless managed to reduce his treatments by around 50%. Treatments against mildew and powdery mildew, two diseases that are rampant in the vineyards, are therefore carried out as little as possible. The estate is HVE certified.

Accolades

  • Silver Medal - Concours des vins des Vignerons Indépendants 2023 
  • Gold Medal - Concours international Gilbert et Gaillard 2023 

Specifications

Vintage 2023
Bottle Size 75cl
Cultivar 100% Gamay
Country France
Alcohol content 12% alcohol 
Units of Alcohol per bottle 9 units of alcohol
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential

Drink within 3 years at a temperature of around 8-10°C.

Food Matching

Enjoy with red meats, cold cuts, and goat's cheese

Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Origin Loire Valley
Appellation

AOC Touraine