Pierre Gauthier/Domaine du Bel Air, 2016 Bourgueil, Grand Mont
The Grand Mont vineyard is one of the most prized in the Bourgueil appellation. Located just west of the village of Benais, where the Gauthier cellars are located, some of them under this vineyard, its gentle slope hides the fact that it is composed of solid chalky limestone, just porous enough for the vines’ roots to penetrate, seeking nourishment and much needed water from the bedrock. Covered with a shallow layer of clay, this vineyard’s tufa mineral character pierces through the resulting wines. Always rich and structured, they maintain a vein of freshness throughout their long lifetime that is totally captivating. Light-footed but powerful.