Patrick Bouju & Justine Loiseau Môl 2019

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St Georges Sur Allier, Auvergne, France
Gamay, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc & Muscat
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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The grapes that go into Môl are an 'all-in' blend of the entire harvest at his home, Domaine la Bohème, as well as a bit of everything he has bought to make his négociant wines from other parts of France. Final details are always something of a mystery, but we're pretty sure it comprises Gamay, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Merlot, as well as the addition of some white grapes this year to lift the scales a bit... possibly more, who really knows? It is always full of pure, inky dark fruit and bristling, chalky tannins. Definitely somewhat lighter on its feet this vintage. Opening a bottle of Bouju is always an occasion and if you've followed this shapeshifting wine over the years, we can confirm that the 2019 is another banger.

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.