Some harder-to-aquire old-vine Chardonnay from Bouju's own Domaine la Bohème vineyards in the Auvergne. This is a blend of the 2015 and 2016 vintages that both come from the same site. Volcanic soils provide smoke and minerality as well as some tightly-wound acidity.
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.