Domaine du Bel Air Jour de Soif Bourgueil
Domaine du Bel Air is a certified organic estate that has been creating traditional wines from Bourgeuil for the past five generations. Throughout the decades, the Gauthier family enjoyed their wines privately until 1979, when they began to sell their wines commercially. Pierre Gauthier, the man who oversaw this transformation, continues to make the wines today alongside his son, Rodolphe (collaborating together since 2005). Pierre Guathier is a “vigneron’s vigneron”. While his wines are just now garnering the international attention they deserve, he has long been admired by his fellow growers. His joyful “Jour de Soif” and deep, age-worthy single parcel wines are incredible discoveries for Cabernet Franc devotees and Loire Valley wine lovers. The 2021 version offers up a beautiful nose of red and black cherries, tree bark, tobacco leaf, dark soil tones, a dollop of pepper and fresh herb tones. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and tangy, with a good core and soil signature, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and a long finish.