Thierry Puzelat is the younger of the two brothers who run Clos du Tue Boeuf, their family estate in Les Montils. In the 90’s, the estate had to contend with several difficult years of tiny crops, caused by late frost, mildew, hail or general bad weather, and revenues were tight. Thierry would have liked to expand the estate, by renting or buying more vineyards. Jean-Marie, in his late forties, did not want to add more vineyard and cellar work to his already heavy schedule. So Thierry started a négociant business, set up a winery in the village of Monthou-sur-Bièvre, and sourced excellent vineyards and vinetenders to buy their grapes.
This interview with Thierry Puzelat stems from a series of emails in October 2010.
VdF "Le Rouge Est Mis":
Grape: Pinot Meunier
Vines: The grapes come from a vinyard maintained by Amitié Argonne, an Orléans based association that encourages the growth and development of local vinyards. The vinyard is entirely biodynamic.
Vinification: the wine is fermented and aged in barrel. Non filtered.