Au Bon Secours Magnum
1 in stock
Region: Loire Valley, France
Grape varieties: 100% Gamay
Babass Au Bon Secours Gamay is another delicious natty red from the rebel of Loire Valley, Sebastien Dervieux. Expect greatness here, y’all.
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About Au Bon Secours Magnum
Au Bon Secours Magnum is another delicious natty red from the rebel of Loire Valley, Sebastien Dervieux. Expect greatness here, y’all.
About Les Vignes de Babass
The man behind Les Vignes de Babass is Sebastien Dervieux but people know him as Babass. He was initially a musician but now he is making wines in Beaulieu-sur-Layon just south of Angers, near where the Layon river flows into the Loire. He started as a winemaker for Les Griottes along with Patrick Desplats in 2000. The two of them were rebels in Anjou, as they skipped sulfites during the whole vinification. Babass now makes his own wines from Chenin, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau where some were planted already around 1956 or 1957. His wines taste amazing and are as natural as a wine can be with the hands of humans.
Babass is together with Jean-Christophe Garnier the organizers of the event Les Vins Anonymes in Angers. Les Vins Anonymes is basically a gathering of similarly-minded artisan vignerons making wine without sulfites and working naturally all along, including in the vineyard.
About Gamay Noir
Gamay is a grape variety that is most famous for producing the light, fruit-driven red wines of Beaujolais. While the variety offers fresh, red-fruit, and candied aromas, it typically delivers little in the way of flavor concentration and body weight, giving light, simple wines. That said, some well-made examples can be deep and complex.
In France, Gamay’s homeland is Beaujolais. It arrived there (most likely from Germany) in the 14th Century and initially received an unenthusiastic welcome. The ruling dukes of Burgundy even tried to outlaw the variety, distrustful of its unfamiliar taste and texture. Gamay was resigned to the granite-based soils in the hills just north of Lyon, a terroir that it was much better suited to anyway.
In the Loire Valley, Gamay is used primarily to make rosé wines in the Anjou and Saumur appellations, but is also used in blends with Pinot Noir. Touraine Gamay is the principal appellation for tangy monovarietal red wines, though they are also made in the Upper Loire in appellations such as Cheverny, Coteaux de Vendômois and Coteaux du Giennois in the Upper Loire, or classified as IGP Val de Loire.