Patrick Bouju Bôheme 2015

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St Georges Sur Allier, Auvergne, France
Gamay d'Auvergne
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

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Patrick started making wine in 2004 with 1.5 hectares of vines which has now increased to around 5 hectares. The soil in Patrick’s vineyards is heavily basaltic thanks to the chain of extinct volcanoes, the Puy de Dôme at its heart, which form the backbone of the region. Patrick’s vineyards are mainly planted with old Gamay d’Auvergne (a smaller berried, thicker skinned variety than its Beaujolais cousin), a little Chardonnay and some Pinot Noir.

He's a winemaker who has more recently been catapulted into the sights of a new audience owing to his connection to rapper Action Bronson (he is the winemaker for Bronson's own label 'A La Natural' wine), but there is so much more to him than the hype that results from such an association. His wines are expressive, never boring, and always a thrill to drink. This Gamay is from some of his older vines, and is all the better for the bit of time it has had to settle down in the bottle. Dark, sappy fruit, chalky tannins and that tightrope of acidity that cuts it all through. Wines from Patrick's own domaine are produced in very small quantities, so don't hang about.