Cave Verdier-Logel define our expectations of Gamay from the Loire Valley, and 'Cuvee des Gourmets knocks it out of the park. It is produced from organic fruit, sourced from the rare 'Cotes du Forez' appellation (so small that only 10 growers operate here). The soil here is defined by thousands of years of volcanic eruptions and lends itself to a distinctive expression of the Gamay grape. An energetic red, full of life and brimming with moreish berry fruit!
The Logel's aren't your typical vignerons - Jacky was a joiner and carpenter, and Odile was a dietician. But when Odile's father retired they decided to go to live in the Cotes du Forez near Clermont Ferrand in the massif central and take over her grandfathers estate. Jacky studied viticulture and wine-making in Mâcon and their first vintage was in 1992. The Domaine is planted with Gamay, Viognier and Pinot Gris - a nod to Jacky's home Alsace.
They have always worked organically and made the wines with low intervention, to truthfully express their distinctive terroirs. They are making delicious expressions of Gamay from the southernmost extremity of the department of the Loire. It's a slightly forgotten wine region, between 400 and 600 metres above sea level in an unspoilt environment. They make 3 expressions of Gamay all with tension, energy, freshness, but also full body and rich flavour.