A little gamay, but I like it

What would you say to a grand cru beaujolais for ~ $12? OK, so, this isn’t beaujolais, but it is a fine example of a gamay-based table wine. Actually, calling it table wine is a little demeaning. It’s so much better than that.

This wine comes from the area near Amboise in the Loire Valley. Unlike many of the more famous Cab Franc-based wines of the region, this one is made of gamay. The wine house is Damien Delecheneau. The name of the wine is 2008 Les Cassiers and the label also reads Domaine La Grange Tiphaine.

It has a beautiful ruby color and has that very pretty, raspberry/ beaujolais flavor with just a hint of pepper and green pepper on the finish. Enjoyed it with a roasted chicken and potatoes. Saved a little to try with leftover lamb & ramps and it went nicely, though not as perfectly as I had hoped.

I took a look to try to figure out if I was indeed tasting gamay and managed to find some info on the website Terroir France That site’s take on Touraine-Amboise gamay is:

However Gamay wines in Touraine do not taste that good. More and more, wine makers use Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir to bring balance to the wine.

Clearly, I don’t agree with that statement. I thought it was delicious. This vineyard is in its 2nd year of full organic production and the grapes come from 45-50 year old vines grown in “clay, silex & chalk” per the importer’s site.

This likely cost about $12-14. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a price sticker on it and it was purchased with a few other bottles. I went back to Silverlake Wine last week in hopes of picking up a couple bottles but they were out. Imported by Thomas Calder/Farm Wine Imports.

I really liked this wine even if price wasn’t factored in. And if you can find it at the price I probably paid for it, “super highly recommended”