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Patrick Bouju Môl 2018

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St Georges Sur Allier, Auvergne, France
Gamay, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault...
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

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. The grapes that go into Môl are always something of a mystery, but we're pretty sure it comprises some Gamay, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault... possibly more. It is always full of dense, inky dark fruit and bristling, chalky tannins. Opening a bottle of Bouju is always an occasion.