Domaine de la Vigne Mouton 2019 Macon-Bray Gamay "Ratatouille"
I was instantly charmed when I tasted this red from France's Maconnais in Burgundy. The purity of fruit, the layers of complexity, the slightly haunting aromas that had me digging my nose in the glass over and over again. The importer had only 3 cases, I took them all before I even checked on the price. Luckily it wasn't on the super high end and what this wine gives in sheer pleasure is worth every cent. So, the sales rep told me the wine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, when I looked at the label it said 100% Gamay, puzzled, I took to the internet to get answers, always a dodgy plan. After pulling myself out of that rabbit hole I got a hold of the importer. Turns out the family puts Gamay on the label to make things less complicated but the wine is actually made from Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Aligote! Two red varieties and two white, how crazy is that? Helps explain the complexity and uniqueness of this beautiful wine. Lighter body, tons of tart red cherry, mushroom, cranberry, spice and touch of citrus zest. Such a cool wine and unlike any others we have in the French department right now. It's also certified organic and there are no sulfites. All sorts of good here.