The Siraudin family in Saint-Amour sells fruit from their twenty-year-old Gamay vines to négociant Georges Duboeuf, which makes this wine. The grapes are manually harvested, and clusters undergo semi-carbonic maceration. Fermentation, including malolactic, takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel. The wine is not aged in barrel.
Its lustrous raspberry-tinted body suggests red clover, red currant, strawberry, and mint. The body shies from Gamay’s sometimes tannic texture. This is not an earthy wine, not dark or mineral, and there is little crunch here. Instead, it’s light-hearted refreshment, good with picnic fare.
2016 Château de Saint-Amour Saint-Amour AOP
13% abv | $22 (sample) Imported by Quintessential Wines