This is a serious and seriously good Gamay from Beaujolais producer Pierre Boyat. A little information on the wine and on Pierre himself has been provided by Campbell Burton.
The first time I tasted this Gamay from Pierre Boyat I was utterly blown away. It had the slightly oxidative character (that I love so much) of Claude Courtois' cuvee Racines but with all of the deliciousness of whole berry/bunch fermentation.
This is remarkably fun to drink. Pierre Boyat's very small domaine is located in the village of Leynes, right on the border of Macon and Beaujolais and he shares this part of the region with a handful of other exceptionally talented vignerons. For example, the sloping vineyard that this cuvee comes from is shared with Philippe Jambon, Jerome Guichard and Daniel Millet. On the other side of the village Pierre shares a slope with Jean-Francois Promonet.
The Gamay from this part of Beaujolais is generally a little fuller and darker than is normally the case for, say, Brouilly or Morgon and the fruit profile can taste truly exceptional.
Pierre Boyat is a brilliant guy and his wines are among the most rewarding made in this part of France.