Guide to the Loire regions

Côtes d'Auvergne

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Odette et Gilles Miolanne
Neschers is a pretty little medieval village, sited in the valley of the Couze de Chambon, a fast running stream that has carved its way through the limestone over many thousands of years. Photographs on the wall of the Miolanne cellar which date back to the late 1800s/early 1900s show that vineyards covered the villages slopes. Today, the only evidence is the terraces that run down the valley towards tGilles Miolanne comes from an old Neschers family, who gave up the vine in preference of cereals. But in 1994, at the age of 42, he began replanting on the prairie on the northern side of the commune, and today he farms a total of 5.5 hectares of Pinot Noir (3ha) and Gamay (1.5ha) on light, sponge-like rocky soils.

The cellar lies on a farm just outside the village, pretty and manicured, with an ancient vaulted room that doubles up as the cellar and tasting room where Gilles has established a mini-museum.

There are essentially only two wines, a red and rosé, both blends between the two varieties and carrying the simple Côtes d’Auvergne appellation. Both are light, delicate and feminine, with striking freshness and purity.

EARL de la Sardisse
17 Route de Coudes
Neschers
T: + 33 4 73 96 72 45
F: + 33 4 73 96 25 79
Gilles.miolanne@wanadoo.fr
 


Vines above Neschers

 

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