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Côtes du Forez, La Madone 2023

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This is the gamay grape grown on volcanic soils of the Rhône-Alpes and from a hot vintage . Very deep purple with abundant, juicy fruit flavours, this would work perfectly with pork sausages.
Price: £16.00 Bottle
Price: £96.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: FC47051

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Gamay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 14% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, colmate

Gilles Bonnefoy

The Massif Central used to be a much more important wine producing region of France which almost disappeared. The catalyst was phylloxera which struck here as it did everywhere but there were fewer incentives to restart growing. Moreover war and the growth of industry in cities like Saint Etienne put a drain on the workforce.

Rebuilding has been very gradual but it is there. The Forez region is somewhat closed and mountainous. Forestry is important as is beef cattle, and Fourme d'Ambert is one of the local cheeses. Vines are planted on soils that are of granite or basalt and most is red from the gamay grape.

Most producers are smallholders and deliver grapes to the co-op. Gilles Bonnefoy is one of a few who bottles his own wine and does so from vines that are farmed organically without herbicides or pesticides. He also produces some whites which are sold as IGP Urfé.

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