CLOS TUE-BOEUF, THIERRY & JEAN-MARIE PUZELAT Les Montils
Certified organic, natural
Thierry Puzelat joined his brother Jean-Marie in their family estate, Le Clos du Tue Boeuf in 1994. Four years later, Thierry started a small negociant business, buying organically growned grapes from trusted local winegrowers. Having met and worked with Francois Dutheil (Bandol) and Marcel Lapierre (Morgon), two pioneers of the ‘natural’ wine movement, Thierry decided he too, wanted to make his wines as naturally as possible. Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme joined the team in 2009 and together they owned 6 ha of vineyards and purchase from about 10 ha locally. In 2016, Pierre-Olivier went his own way and is now bottling under his own label.
Puzelat’s wines are quite unique, they are highly expressive of their terroir, authentic, filled with life and have very strong personality.
‘Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat—brothers—are natural wine royalty. They are making some of the Loire’s most interesting wines and are at the heart of the natural wine movement.’Jamie Goode
Cheverny ‘La Caillère’ comes from 35 year-old Pinot Noir (100%) grown sandy, rocky, red-clay soils. Semi-carbonic fermentation in vat, aged for 10 to 12 months in used Burgundy barrels and 400-liter demi-muids and bottled unfiltered. Along with La Guerrerie, this is the longest-aged, most structured and serious of the reds. Tue-Boeuf pure Pinots are more earthy and structured in style but with lively acidity and light body.