Jean-Francois Merieau Gamay de Touraine Bois Jacou 2022


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Jean-Francois Merieau Gamay de Touraine Bois Jacou 2022

92 pts – Decanter 

It sometimes seems like Jean–François Mérieau’s mind goes faster than his hands. Although he already produces some of the most respected and sought after wines of the Touraine, he’s not satisfied and is currently looking for new ways to express the old vines and rich landscape that is the Domaine Jean François Mérieau.

Based in the tiny village of Saint-Julien-de-Chédon (which doesn’t seem much changed since the 17th century), Jean–François’ property stretches to almost 35 hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cot, Pineau d’Aunis, Gamay and Chardonnay. Many of the vines are quite old, including the Pineau d’zunis which is over 100 years old and the Cot, the youngest of which are 50 years old and the oldest over 100. Unlike most Touraine producers, the vineyards are plowed, and the property is in conversion to organic certification. No commercial yeasts are used in the vinification.

The winery is based on a rich history that stretches back for generations. It’s not unusual to see three generation in the winery at the same time. Much of the winery and tasting room is in a cave that was carved during the 14th century. The “new” structure that houses many of the fermentation tanks was used by Americans soldiers during World War I and some left inscriptions on the walls.


It is hard to remember a time when being excited about Gamay was like confessing your love of velour leisure suits. Now that Beaujolais is a requirement on every wine list in the country, it‘s thrilling times talking about the Loire’s take on this variety. Jean-François makes an excellent example of Touraine Gamay, more nervous, high-pitched, and mineral than Beaujolais but satisfying to drink slightly chilled while arguing about the best way to grill a steak.

ORIGIN:  France


SOIL:  Clay limestone, chalk

AGE OF VINES:  10–60

ELEVATION:  120 meters


FARMING:  Sustainable

FERMENTATION:  Hand harvested, destemmed, natural yeast semi-carbonic fermentation in tank

AGING:  5 months in tank