2018 La Maison Neuve Gamay, Touraine, Guy Allion, Loire, France
A wonderful nose reminiscent of tasty red fruits, namely strawberries, raspberries and red cherries. With time in the glass enticing notes of ripe and jammy fruits appear. The palate is light and supple with lots of energy complemented by smooth silky tannins that bring elegance and perfect balance.
Domaine Guy Allion has been in the Allion family for 4 generations, though was only really dedicated to wine production in the late 1960s. Cedric Allion, son of Guy, now runs the estate. This domaine with its beautiful Touraine-style house made out of tufa produces first class wines from the Loire. The estate is managed according to the Terra Vitis programme, a codified system which posits not only respect for the environment but knowledge of the land, parcel by parcel. This sensitivity to the environment means that natural rather than chemical solutions can be pursued in the vineyard. The grapes are picked at maximum ripeness and immediately transported to the winery to prevent oxidation.