The delicious 2021 Tessier Chevery Rouge is from 15 to 40-year-old vines of approximately 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Gamay, and 10% Cot grown in sandy clay soils. Wild yeasts, of course, and aging in old barrels with minimal or zero SO2 added, bottled unfiltered. The yields were terrible in 2021, but the surviving bunches achieved good ripeness with perhaps a bit less acidity. The wine shows bright cherry and raspberry with plum, rose, citrus, and brown spice. The palate is round, velvety, ripe and vibrantly refreshing with chalky spiced berry fruits, plum skin, and mineral flavors, ending with sappy red fruits and bright acidity.
Domaine Tessier was founded in 1961 by Roger Tessier, with his son Philippe taking the reins 20 years later in 1981. They are located in the heart of the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny AOC’s and currently have 23 ha of vines.
The vineyard exists in a microclimate that keeps the vineyards cool. Situated between the Loire River and the forest of Cheverny, Chambord, and Sologne, Tessier's vines have been Ecocert organic certified since 1998.
Philippe believes that a wine should be the expression of the place from which it comes and should reflect the climatic conditions of the year, as well as the vigneron that produces it, while also respecting the life of the soil and the environment. He believes that it should give pleasure but must also be sound and healthy, alive and digestible, and above all, it should be a natural wine.
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