Les Volcans Gamay/Pinot Noir
Given the new interest in ‘Volcanic Wine’ it should be noted that Auverge is the largest volcanic area in Europe. The main production is of red wine; the appellation is classified as within the Loire, though geographically is quite separate from it. Gamay/Pinot Noir is a traditional blend, giving distinctive light, mineral wines which can be enjoyed at classic room temperature, but are even more pleasant when served slightly chilled.
The vineyards are located on the eastern edge of a chain of dormant volcanoes stretching, intermittently, 80km and sharing the same latitude as Bordeaux and northern Rhone, although at a higher altitude. These volcanoes form a line of peaks that not only influence the soil but provide a barrier to the westerly weather.
A 50/50 blend where the grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in tank but without any Beaujolais style carbonic-maceration. Cherry aromas, light, smooth mouthfeel with hedgerow fruits on the finish.
About the Producer
Cave Saint-Verny is the sole co-operative in the Puy-de-Dôme. Originally called Cave des Coteaux it was founded in 1950 and suffered a chequered history, coming close to being dissolved in the late 1980s. The Cave was rescued in 1991 by a 15 million Francs investment from Limagrain, Europe’s largest agricultural seed specialist.
A new cellar with 37 temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks replaced the concrete vessels in 1993, and was the first in the region to install a de-stemming machine.
Resident oenologist Olivier Mignard has been at the Cave Saint-Verny since 1999 and has instigated a rigorous assessment of all the vineyards under his control – which now total 200ha and 115 adhérents meaning an average holding of less than two hectares per member.