Thierry Puzelat, along with his older brother Jean-Marie, are the vignerons of their family domain Clos du Tue-Boeuf, located in the tiny village of Les Montils in the Loire. Jean-Marie is now close to retirement. The history of vines and wines run deep in the village, dating back to the 1500's. After trying their friends' wines that they love drinking more than their own wines, Thierry and Jean-Marie converted their vineyards to organic farming in 1996 and removed all additives in the cellar. Clos du Tue-Boeuf is on a clay soil composed of flint Blois chalk on south and southeast hillsides overlooking the Beuvron. Clos du Tue-Boeuf farms 10 hectares in Cheverny and 4 hectares in Touraine. Clos du Tue-Boeuf vineyards are surrounds by forests, maintaining a balanced ecosystem.
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Hand-harvested grapes are pressed and fermented in neutral tank to retain freshness. The natural process of malolactic fermentation is allowed, resulting in a rounder body while maintaining freshness. The wine is bottled in the following spring afer harvest.
An equal blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blac and Fie Gris. The wine spends about 8 months in neutral barrels before bottling. The wine is unfiltered. Chardonnay lends body, Sauvignon adds freshness and Fie Gris gives minerality. A very compelling blend that is delicious with mineral complexity.
An equal blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from the tiny 1.9 hectare parcel on limestone with flint and clay. The blended wine is raised in neutral barrels for about six months.
A blend of 70% Côt and 30% Gamay from a small 0.7 hectare site that has flint (silex) mixed with clay. Côt, also known as Malbec, has been grown for centuries in the Loire. The seriousness of Côt is tempered by the exuberance of Gamay. The blend spends about a year in neutral barrels.
100% Gamay from the 1.2 hectare parcel that has flint (silex) mixed with clay. The vines are 40 to 65 years old. The bwine spends about six to eight months in neutral barrels.
This wine and LA CAILLERE (see below) are the top wines for Thierry Puzelat. Prodominately Pinot Noir with some addition of Gamay from the 1.2 hectare parcel that has limestone, silex and clay. The vines are about 40 years old (as of 2015). The wine spends spends eight months in neutral 400 litre barrels. This wine gains complexity with cellaring. Elegance, perfume and beauty are the hallmarks of this cuvée.
This wine and LA GRAVOTTE (see above) are the top wines for Thierry Puzelat. Prodominately Pinot Noir with some addition of Gamay from the 1.3 hectare parcel that has silex and clay. The vines are about 35 years old (as of 2015). The wine spends spends about a year in neutral 400 litre barrels. This wine gains complexity with cellaring. A sibling to La Gravotte, La Caillère has a different but equally stunning personality.
Not current vintages. Shown for sample purposes only.