Domaine Gigou Cuvée Gigou'T Gamay 2009 Vin de France

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Domaine Gigou Cuvée Gigou'T Gamay 2009 Vin de France
Region Coteaux du Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied.
Grapes 100% Gamay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Grilled red or white meats, game, cold cuts
Next day 
Drinks even better 2 to 3 days after opening
Drink Now, or over the next 5 years

Although this is 100% Gamay, the resemblance to a minor Burgundy Pinot Noir is uncanny. I guess that has something to do with the traditional maceration (rather than carbonic) and the more northerly climate in which this is grown. Quite a deep colour, with a nose of raspberry and soused black cherry and hints of black pepper and undergrowth. The palate is superficially light and airy, with abundant red and black fruit flavours, plenty of tangy, cherry kernel acidity, just the right level of rustic tannic grip and a gentle peppery, stoney/mineral bite. It isn't a particularly serious wine, but it hit all the right notes when tasted on a pleasant late summer's evening - and was a great match for a barbecued steak and new potatoes with a tomato and green salad. A deliciously light, airy, food-friendly wine.