Tastes like Summer: Great Juice from Mr. Batard: Gamay Hautes Noelles

His Muscadet might be more popular but it is no reason to neglect Serge Batard Domaine Les Hautes Noelles Gamay.

I just bought a bottle of the 2007 Vintage (100% Gamay grapes) and it was perfect for hot muggy weather.
Not too high in alcohol (12%), great fruit, a lighter red for hot summer days.

Serge Batard calls it a 'vin de la soif' (a wine for thirsty people) displaying red fruits and black cherries.

Smith and Vine (Brooklyn, New York) suggest you "take a chance and chill this down like you were in the French countryside".

On his (French Only) website, Mr Batard writes that "each vintage is a challenge, it takes a lifetime to master wine...".

He does not use chemical fertilizers or weed killers.

The fact sheet tells us: "This Gamay is grown in the Coteaux d’Herbauges vineyard lying on the northern shores of the Lac de Grand-Lieu. These vineyards benefit from their southwesterly exposure and their proximity to the lake, factors that allow for great ripeness in the vineyards".

You can pay a visit to the property (the cellar) located in the small town of Saint-Léger-les-Vignes (near Nantes) on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Check the site for hours and contact info.


Enough said, find this Gamay and drink it.

A steal at around $12, good for the Consumed to Thrifty.

More Loire:  'Le Bois Jacou', Stands Out in a Forest of Average Wines

Previous Post

Picnic and Party Plates that Don't Trash Nature thanks to 'VerTerra'

Jun 26
How much garbage all our summer parties and picnics generate, god only knows? A little company that could, VerTerra (from New York) has come up with a solution inspired by India. They offer a line of plates, bowls, cups, and platters that they describe as "100% renewable and compostable plant matter and water. No chemicals, waxes or dyes, like those found in disposable paper and plastic options". They suggest that theses single-use products can be...
Next Post

On Bees and Strawberries: Are both threatened? Time to Make a Buzz?

Jun 27
Carolyn Lochhead wonders "could strawberry ice cream disappear from our lives? What about vanilla Swiss almond?" in Un-busy bees a disaster for almost everyone (SF Gate, June 27). She says that the people at Haagen-Dazs and other companies are alarmed at the "decline of honeybees and other pollinators of strawberry plants, almond trees and the rest of the roughly 90 percent of terrestrial plant life that needs pollination". On the East Coast, she quotes Edward...