Clos du Tue-Boeuf is a 10-hectare family estate in Cheverny, a small appellation in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. They organically farm Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Sauvignon Blanc (the main varieties of the region), alongside an array of less ubiquitous grapes, such as Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Menu Pineau, and Côt. All wines are naturally fermented and aged without the use of sulfur, with only occasional additions at bottling, never exceeding 15ppm.
Alright, boring technicalities are out of the way. The thing to know about these wines is that they are made by two brothers, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat, who are, arguably, the most important fixtures in the world of natural wine.
Since the early nineties, they have acted as formal and informal mentors to a generation of younger winemakers, encouraging them to take risks despite market demands and other global pressures. They’re not only rigorously committed to organic viticulture and traditional winemaking; they also embody a certain joie de vivre that turns wine tastings into electrifying parties overflowing with abundant generosity and good will.
And their wines translate this ebullience. They range from quirky to thought-provoking to opulent, without ever losing their ability to evoke thirst.
This Saturday, we pour every cuvée that is imported to the west coast, seven in all. For $10. 1-4pm. Come early because Keven has to go to a Bar Mitzvah.
Touraine Blanc Brin de Chèvre. 100% Menu Pineau. $30
Lively nutty nose. Citrusy and energetic.
Touraine Blanc Frileuse. Sauv Blanc, Sauv Gris, Chardonnay. $23
Plump fruit aromas. Onctuous and generous, with zest.
Touraine Rouge La Butte. 100% Gamay. $20
Fuller than most Touraine Gamay. Brambly aromas find their home in a thicket of raspberries.
Touraine Rouge Le Guerrerie. 50% Gamay, 50% Côt. $26
The odd one out, with Côt exuding its rustic personality. Purple fruits and good grip.
Cheverny Rouge Rouillon 60% Pinot Noir. 40% Gamay. $23
Benchmark Cheverny. Smells and tastes like Pinot, but with punchy Gamay texture.
Cheverny Rouge Caillère. 100% Pinot Noir. $30
The most reclusive. Sweet fruits poke out of the forest floor.
Cheverny Rouge Gravotte. 100% Pinot Noir. $30
Gourmandise. Regal Burgundian aromatics, soil, spring rain.
NOTA BENE: If you can’t make it to the tasting, but would like to purchase the wines, please contact us. We are happy to set aside some bottles for you. We also ship all over the US of A. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will set you up.