About the wine
100% Gamay. Volcanic soils. Natural yeasts. No oak.
All the potential of this terroir, combining the delicious and fruity aspect of the Gamay grape variety with the mineral characteristics of basalt soils.
About the producer
Of all the vineyard regions along the River Loire, Côtes du Forez is closest to the river’s source, located on an ancient geological fault line with approximately 100 extinct volcanoes, about 30 of which are located in Côtes du Forez. Owned and run by Gilles Bonnefoy, Les Vins de la Madone comprises 8 hectares in total, a third of which is made up of vines of at least 30 years of age. Gilles’ family did not own any vineyards, so by sheer hard work he has assembled his own holdings, with 75% of his vines planted on volcanic soil, including basalts, clays and granites; the rest are grown on clay and granitic soils. Starting out in 1997, he converted to organic farming in 2001 and then biodynamics in 2008. Gilles says “a successful vigneron cannot be afraid of hard work and that he must understand a myriad of disciplines including viticulture, horticulture, wine making science, geology, business, people etc!”