Gamay is probably most well-known as Burgundy's 'other' red grape, grown primarily to produce Beaujolais ranging from inexpensive "fruit-juice" like Beaujolais Nouveau, right up to seriously high-quality wines from the 10 named Crus. But it's also always had a home in the Loire valley, where it's used to make both rosé in Anjou and Saumur and red wines further east in Touraine. The Confrérie des Vignerons de Oisly et Thésée is a small, 20-member cooperative of winegrowers in Touraine. Founded in 1961, the Confrérie (French for 'brotherhood') began with the goal of producing high-quality, estate-bottled wines from the member's harvests. Cooperatives are quite common in Europe, since they allow small independent growers to pool resources to make their own wines. Les Bremailles is a great example, and lovers of Pinot Noir will find a lot to like in this juicy, elegant expression of Gamay. Enjoy at 18 C now or over the next 5 years.
If there was ever a wine that smelled like a bushel of red-berried fruit, this is it! Think ripe cherries, raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries, with just a hint of peppery spice. There's also an appealing smoky note in the background that makes us think of fall bonfires.
Medium bodied on the palate, with loads more glossy red fruit including pomegranate, cherry and raspberry. Despite all the sweet fruit flavours, Les Bremailles is bone dry and has very fine-grained tannins. This will appeal to new world Pinot Noir lovers, as it's got a bit more body and structure, while retaining all the elegance and finesse.
Don't overwhelm this red with rich, protein-heavy dishes, and instead opt for simple French country classics: Tarte Flambée with bacon and onions or a simple roast chicken would pair beautifully. For a cheese course, match with creamy Brie or nutty Gruyère.