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Pascal Pibaleau Gamay 2012

T. Edward Wines, Organic Wine Importer, Pascal Pibaleau Gamay 2012, Karen Ulrich for T. Edward Wines

From Pascal Pibaleau‘s Demeter certified estate in Azay-le-Rideau, comes one of our most recent additions, the Pascal Pibaleau 2012 Gamay.  Originated in 1886 when his great-grandfather purchased 3ha, the estate now totals 15ha under vine, including 1.7ha of Gamay vines that were planted to soils of clay with flint in 1964.  Practicing organic since 2005 and certified biodynamic since 2011, the property here is overseen by Pascal and his wife Christine, who have sustained a chemical-free household for over 20 years.

Typically used for rosé wines in Anjou and Saumur, Gamay is often blended with Cab Franc, Grolleau and Pineau D’Aunis in Touraine, where Pascal employs carbonic maceration– the preferred method of fermentation for Gamay in Beaujolais.  Following this 18 day fermentation at 22 degrees celsius, the wine sees four months of élevage and is bottled at 11.6%.

Fresh on the nose, with cherry blossom aromas and tart red fruit, there are mid-palate hints here of crushed granite and clay.  With cascading acidity that lifts the lean fruit to its finish, the Pascal Pibaleau Gamay is perfect when chilled for most any late summer/early fall pairing.

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