Henry Marionnet, Touraine Gamay


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The Touraine Gamay is exclusively harvested by hand, by experienced pickers who operate a careful and rigorous selection. The fruit is brought in small baskets to the winery and emptied into stainless steel vats where a carbonic fermentation will take place, without adding sulphites nor yeasts. Freshly crushed red berries literally explode on the nose. Round, fruity on the palate with an amazingly smooth, velvety structure, ending with a satisfying impression of ripeness and freshness.

Henry Marionnet is passionate about traditional and natural methods, he is generally considered to be one of the best producer of Gamay in the Loire. By picking late and discarding green grapes he achieves maximum ripeness which translates into fleshy and sweetly-fruited wines. His estate is located near the village of Soings, nestled deep in the forest of Sologne. Around Soings, the terroir is very varied, but the soils around Charmoise are predominantly fine sand, flint and clay, peppered with fossilised shells in places.
Just behind the Marionnet residence is the highest peak between the Cher and the Loire, which is characterised by these soils mixed with large, heavy stones. The climate is favourable, there are occasional hailstorms but the vines are otherwise quite well protected from frost.