Thierry Puzelat is the younger of the two brothers who run Clos du Tue Boeuf, their family estate in
Les Montils. In the 90's, the estate had to contend with several difficult years of tiny crops, caused
by late frost, mildew, hail or general bad weather, and revenues were tight. Thierry would have liked
to expand the estate, by renting or buying more vineyards. Jean-Marie, in his late forties, did not
want to add more vineyard and cellar work to his already heavy schedule. So Thierry started a
négociant business, set up a winery in the village of Monthou-sur-Bièvre, and sourced excellent
vineyards and vinetenders to buy their grapes.
True to his conviction that good wine is made from healthy grapes, he has selected vine growers who
farm their plots organically, in bio-dynamie for some. He now offers a range of local wines, both
from Touraine and Cheverny.
One of his most reliable sources is an estate tended in bio-dynamie by a neighbor and friend of the owners of Clos Roche Blanche in the hamlet of La Tesnière in Touraine. From vines growing on a soil
of clay with silex over hard limestone, Puzelat buys Chenin blanc, Menu Pineau and Pineau d'Aunis
grapes at harvest time. Menu Pineau, also called Arbois, is an old Loire varietal that survives in
some areas, but is rarely vinified on its own. Puzelat is very familiar with it since the Clos du Tue
Boeuf grows some (Touraine Brin de Chèvre), and he likes the grape for its originality, its mineral
and spicy character with apple and apricot pit aromas.
Pineau d'Aunis, sometimes called Pineau rouge, is another obscure, ancient varietal that survives in
Touraine, most of the time used in blends with Cabernet franc to produce rosé. Even when vinified
as a red wine, as is the case here, it is very light in color, body and alcohol and is deliciously
refreshing, spicy, lively and aromatic.
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