Touraine Gamay


Domaine Joel Delaunay

Domaine Joël Delaunay is a family-owned estate, located in the Touraine AOC. Today,...

fifth generation owner Thierry Delaunay runs the domaine. Like his forward-thinking father, Joël Delaunay, who insisted on estate bottling in 1970, Thierry was the first Touraine producer to bottle under screwcap in 2004. Domaine Joel Delaunay has 34 hectares of vineyards, practicing sustainable viticulture. 90% of their production is white, with Sauvignon Blanc being the predominant grape variety, and 10% is red, mostly Gamay and Cabernet Franc.

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Domaine Joël Delaunay is situated on the bank of the Cher Valley, 50 kilometres east of Tours near the famous Château de Chenonceau. The soil is clay and silex (a mixture of flint and sand) and the pruning method is simple Guyot. The vineyards are planted with grass between the vines to control yields, and leaf thinning occurs in July to aid the maturity of the grapes.

Vintage Information

The Loire Valley was plagued by spring frosts and a wet summer causing a severe reduction in yields and making the vineyard owners work hard to manage their canopies and deter fungal growth.


Semi-carbonic maceration takes place over a period of eight days. Alcoholic fermentation occurs at 24°C with one soft pumping over of the juice. Malolactic fermentation occurs at 22°C. The wine is aged on its fine lees, and is cross filtered prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red in colour. Red fruits predominate on the nose, with strawberries, red plums and cherries. The palate is light and supple, with soft tannins and a fruity finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Gamay
Region Touraine, Loire
Winemaker Marie and Thierry Delaunay
Alcohol (ABV) 13%