Guide to the Loire regions

Côtes d'Auvergne

Grower Profiles


The old terraces at Montpeyroux

Other Growers
The following list is comprised of growers either not visited or no longer operative. They are listed by commune, working from north to south. 

NORTH OF CLERMONT-FERRAND:

La Siranaise Minervoise
Saint-Priest Bramefant
Just north of the village of Le Port-Ris, on the Allier’s left bank, one finds a few rows of vines and a sign that advertises wines for sale which leads to a smallholding, its yard filled with various agricultural equipment.

Cave Recoque et Quinty
Place Beaudet Lafarge
Maringues
T/F: + 33 4 73 68 66 60
Maringues is a village about 20 kilometres east of Riom and half way across the Limagne plain. On the slopes of a small puy a few parcels of vines can be seen growing. It is outside the appellation, so the wines produced here are classified as Vin de Pays and Vin de Table.   

Montgacon
Maringues
T: + 33 4 73 68 66 60

Christian Chaput
11 rue Etienne Clémentel
Prompsat
T/F: + 33 4 73 63 32 86
(Bernard)
T: + 33 4 64 33 87 (Christian)

Christian Chaput took over the family's three parcels, planted on granite and limestone, in the village of Prompsat in 1988, working the three hectares by hand. He makes about 10,000 bottles a year from plantings of Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but also produces a range of bottle fermented sparkling wines labelled as Chanvergne, a corruption of Champagne and Auvergne. The vineyards have been certified as organic since 1980.

Bernard Marius
Chemin des Poiriers
Saint-Hippolyte
T: + 33 4 73 86 18 90
This domaine, which was established by Bernard’s grandfather in 1928, is the sole remaining viticulteur in Saint-Hippolyte. He took over from his father in 1980 and his own son, Roland, has now joined the enterprise. With only 1.5 hectares of vines split over three parcels in the village, they find it necessary to have other farming interests. Their Gamay and Pinot Noir is planted on clay-limestone soils with the vineyards high up on the slopes overlooking the town of Riom.

Bernard Boulin
Domaine Boulin-Constant
24 Rue Pasteur
Saint-Bonnet-Près-Riom
T: + 33 4 73 63 34 17
F: + 33 4 73 63 39 13
Former Michelin worker (tyre factory as opposed to restaurant critic) Bernard Boulin joined his father-in-law, Jean Constant, in 1976 following his marriage to Camille. The Constant’s are an old vigneron family in Saint-Bonnet, whilst Boulin, a native of Clermont, came to the domaine with no winemaking experience. He retired in 2006, but was considered by many as one of the best growers in the Auvergne.

With his son, Pierre, the family has maintained their 8.5 hectares of hand harvested Gamay and Pinot Noir, although these are now rented out to other growers and grapes are sent to the co-operative where the Boulin vines are the source of the Cave Saint-Verny’s Côtes d’Auvergne-Madargues.

Jean-Marie Rollin
10 Rue Baillardes
Le-Cheix-sur-Morge
Riom
T: + 33 4 73 97 25 22
T: + 33 4 73 64 82 67  
rollin.jean-marie@wanadoo.fr 
Certified organic since 2001, Jean-Marie Rollin produces 1.2 hectares of Gamay, Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir which are sold as Vin de Pays. 

Roland et Catherine Royat
Champ Roy
Ménétrol
T/F: + 33 4 73 38 70 47
Royat farms 4.5 hectares of vines on the renowned slopes of Bourassol, between Ménétreol and Châteaugay, and in Châteaugay itself. His 3 hectares of Gamay are from vines that are over 60 years of age. The balance is made up of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and everything here is hand harvested. He produces five different wines, under the appellation Côtes d’Auvergne and Châteaugay, which includes a dedicated old vine cuvée, plus a barrel-raised red.

Christian et Marcel Lapouge
Châteaugay
T: + 33 4 73 87 24 31
F: + 33 4 73 87 61 16
The brothers Lapouge are the latest in a long family line to have owned vineyards in Châteaugay, although it was their father, Pierre, who founded the domaine in 1968. They farm a total of 15 hectares of vines, with holdings in Bourassol, Chaturgue (2ha) and Châteaugay, where they produce both white and a 70/30% Gamay/Pinot Noir blend. The crop is all hand harvested and destemmed. More recently, they have started to rent off some of their parcels to other growers, with Gilles Persilier renting 0.7ha of vines which the Lapouges had since abandoned in Chanturgue.

Gourguechon
Blanzat
T: + 33 4 73 87 68 63

Vincent Auzolle
35 rue des Martres
Cébezat
T: + 33 4 73 24 25 33
Auzolle is a nurseryman by trade, but started making wine for domestic consumption in 1995 when still in his early 20s. He works 1.8 hectares of Gamay and Pinot Noir split over the three communes of Cébezat, Sayat and Blanzat, making around 1,000 litres a year of Chanturgue and generic appellation wine. His wines are sold through a local caviste and to his copains.

Jean-Pierre Prugnard
12 Rue de Sibony
Cébezat
T: + 33 4 73 87 63 63
F: + 33 4 73 87 64 71
A part-time vigneron between 1984 and 1995, Prugnard inherited seven hectares of Gamay and Pinot Noir from his grandparents spread across twenty parcels in the communes of Cébezat, Blanzat, Sayat and Châteaugay, where he has vines in the well sited Clos de la Serre. He produces red white and rosé under the generic appellation along with Châteaugay and Chanturgue.

Olivier Mortessagne
Clermont-Ferrand
T: + 33 4 73 36 64 15

Thierry Renard
Domaine du Renard des Côtes
Clermont-Ferrand
T: + 33 4 73 31 21 88
P: + 33 6 77 34 64 53

SOUTH OF CLERMONT-FERRAND

La Clermontoise
Aubière
Founded in 1935 under the direction of Jean-Marc Noëllet, the mayor of Aubière, the Auvergne’s first co-operative allowed growers to share equipment, newly developed to aid increased mechanization in the vineyards. It closed its doors in 1982.

Bernard Bourcheix
6 Rue Champvoisin
Aubière
T/F: + 33 4 73 28 06 74
Bernard Bourchaux makes undrinkable Vin de Table which he sells en-vrac from his well advertised cellar on the main road through the town of Aubière.

Henri Bourcheix
4 Rue Saint-Marc
Aubière
T: + 33 4 73 26 04 52
F: + 33 4 73 27 96 46
Vins-henri-bourcheix@wanadoo.fr
 
www.caves-particulieres.com/members/bourcheix
The Bourcheix are an ancient winemaking family, having been established in the Auvergne since 1654. Henri, in his late 50s, studied in Beaune and owns 6.5 hectares situated in the communes of Aubière, Corent, Romagnat, Pérignat-Lès-Sarliève and Clermont-Ferrand where he owns 1.45ha in the appellation Chanturgue. This is all planted to Gamay, with the exception of 0.66 hectares of Chardonnay. He bottled half of his production and sold the balance en-vrac. He is now starting to wind down his operation and started to rent out parcels of vines, such as at Corent, where Thierry Sciortino is now installed.

Danielle Blanchot
4 Avenue de la République
Perignat-lès-Sarliève
T: + 33 4 73 79 11 12

François Bodeveix
Perignat-lès-Sarliève
T: + 33 4 73 79 11 94

Domaine Michel Bellard
Romagnat
Bellard sadly died in 2005, but was considered by many to be the best (and most vocal and visible) grower in the Auvergne. With 50 hectares of vines spread over ten communes (including 7 hectares in Saint-Pourçain), he was easily the biggest private producer. By all accounts he was a colourful character who suffered no fools, he had holdings in the crus of Corent, Châteaugay and rented vines in Chanturgue (now maganed by Pierre Goigoux). He made Vin de Paille from Gamay, which he picked 4 weeks later than his conventional crop, dried the bunches for 2 weeks on straw mats  in his grenier or loft and pressed at 15% potential alcohol, chaptalising to achieve 17% actual. He also grew Sauvignon, Muscat and Chasselas.

Michel Blanc
Le Crest
T: + 33 4 73 39 43 03
 
Pierre Beauger
21 Rue Saint-Julien Jussat
Chanonat
T: + 33 4 73 78 23 76

Frédéric Gounan
Vignoble de l’Arbre Blanc
Rue de l’Arbre Blanc
Saint-Sandoux
T: + 33 4 73 39 40 91
Established only since 2000, this two hectare domaine is situated high up above the Limagne plain, bordering the Parc des Volcans. Gounan works a parcel of old vine Gamay and Pinot Noir. His vines have been in conversion to organic since 2006.

Raymond Sauvagnat
Orcet
T: + 33 4 73 84 74 26

Hubert et Nicolas Chambe
Route de la Gazelle
Le Sauvetat
T/F: + 33 4 73 39 55 44
A father and son operation, with Nicolas (who is still only in his late 20s) joining Hubert in the business in 1996. They farm 13 hectares of vines in Corent (70%) and La Sauvetat, Le Veyre-Monton and Les Martres-de-Veyre. They grow all three permitted varieties to make Corent red, white and rosé and generic appellation wine. They also farm cereals and angelica.  

Claude Lageix
Corent
T: + 33 4 73 69 71 62

Jacques Lelong
Corent
T: + 33 4 73 6968 36

Christian Lievan
24 Rue Principal
Corent
T: + 33 4 73 69 75 32

Noël Bressoulay
Chemin des Pales
Authezat
T/F: + 33 4 73 24 18 01
Recently retired, Noël Bressoulay comes from a long line of vignerons, established here since the late 16th Century. He is an authority on the vieux cépages of the Auvergne, establishing a conservatoire of 15 ancient varieties some years ago. His 4.5 hectares of vines are now farmed by Yvan Bernard, who has also previously made wine in Bressoulay's 18th Century cellar. He produced a Chardonnay that spent six months in wood, plus two red wines, both blends of Gamay and Pinot Noir, one in wood the other one not.

Nathalie Marc
Place de la Reine
Montpeyroux
T: + 33 4 73 96 67 49
T/F: + 33 4 73 77 32 99
This young vigneronne, just entering her third decade, comes to wine following an early career as a sommelier. She makes red and rosé Vin de Pays and generic Auvergne appellation wines from three hectares of vines, all rented, and scattered around the communes of Montpeyroux, Egliseneuve-près-Billom, Glaine-Montaigut, Beauregard-L’Evêque and Montmorin. Everything is harvested by hand.


The Southern slope of the Puy-de-Corent


EAST OF THE ALLIER

Laurent Heinis
Pont-du-Château
T: + 33 4 73 83 41 33

Yohanna et Benoît Porteilla
Caveau de Loup
4 Impasse de la Halle
Dallet
T/F: 33 4 73 83 05 21
P: + 33 6 09 91 98 06
Benoit worked for a long time for a negociant in Burgundy, but a desire to make wine led to him studying winemaking at the Lycée in Beaune. Yohanna is also a qualified oenologist. They installed themselves in a tiny house in an impasse, opposite the lean-to of a covered market in Dallet, working in the cellar of M Verdier, the last grower to have made wine in the village, back in the late 1990s. They were offered half a hectare of land by the local municipality as part of a scheme to help entice young vignerons back into the commune. They now farm seven hectares of Gamay d’Auvergne from parcels in Dallet, Chauriat, Saint-Bonnet and Corent, producing both red and rosé. The Cuvée Canis Lupus is raised in barrel.

Francisque Dhomb
Caves de l’Abbaye
9 rue du Commerce
Chauriat
T: + 33 4 73 68 00 51
F: + 33 4 73 62 99 46
This fourth generation domaine was created in the 1920s with the cellars in the vaults of the priory of Saint-Marie. In addition to the six hectares of vines in Chauriat, which includes some fifty year old Chardonnay, they also operate a negociant business which concentrates on sparkling wine production.

Domaine de Bonne Terrasse
2 Avenue de Riom
Saint-Bonnet-lès-Allier

Domaine de Peyra
Rue de la Garenne
Saint-Georges-lès-Allier
T: + 33 4 73 77 31 84
T: + 33 4 73 92 15 54
Created in 2000, this domaine existed only briefly. A trio of vigneron friends (presumably they were only friends when they started), Jean Maupertuis, Eric Garnier and Stéphane Majeune worked 12 hectares of vines in Corent (where they made cru red and rosé), Saint-Georges-d’Allier, Orcet, Pérignat-les-Sarliève, Cournon, La Roche-Noire and Clermont-Ferrand, which includes vines in Chanturgue. In addition to Gamay, they also had access to the rare Noir-Fleurien variety, with vines that span between 25 to over 100 years old, which went for Vin de Pays and Vin de Table production.

Jean Maupertuis
Saint-Georges-lès-Allier
Maupertuis has been installed as a vigneron in the Auvergne since 1996 and was, until 2003, involved with Domaine de Peyra, above. His three hectares of vines are situated at 450 metres above Clermont-Ferrand and around Saint-Georges. Everything in the vineyard is done by hand, following organic farming principles. He grows Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, although the wines are sold both with the appellation and as Vin de Table (a Gamay sold as Cuvée La Guillaume). Other cuvées are Les Pierres Noires and Les Roche-Noires.

Vigier
Les Vignerons d’Egliseneuve
Mas d’Auteyras
Egliseneuve Pres Billom
T: + 33 4 73 68 34 06
In 1900 there were 320 hectares of vineyards, producing one million litres of wine a year, in the commune of Egliseneuve, but the vines were completely wiped out by phylloxera which arrived here in 1904. Exactly 90 years later, 15.5 hectares of Gamay were re-established on the south facing clay-limestone soils typical of this part of the Limagne plain. This winemaker collective involved fine or six growers, making wines in the lieu-dit of Le Mas d’Auteyras, making 100hl of Vin de Pays a year and selling the wines under the Cuvée Saint-Ferréol on local markets. I understand they are no longer in business.

Roger Boucheron
Benaud
Laps
T: + 33 4 73 69 18 39


Ma
ison de vignes, Boudes


ISSOIRE AND THE SOUTH

Aux Vignerons de Carnas
37 Avenue de la Libération
Issoire
T: + 33 4 73 89 26 47
A caviste situated in Issoire’s southern suburbs which sells local produce, including Côtes d’Auvergne en-vrac.

Philippe Sabatier
Chalus
T: + 33 4 73 96 54 17

Jean-René Imbeau
Route de Dauzat
Boudes
T: + 33 4 73 96 47 49
F: + 33 4 73 96 49 00
Jean-René abandoned his career as a computer engineer in 1986 to take on his grandfather’s vineyard. After attending a viticultural course at the Lycée de Marmillat (near Clermont-Ferrand), he worked stages in Macon and Montpellier to gain some practical experience. He constructed a modest cellar at the foot of the vineyards in Boudes where he has seven hectares, the oldest Gamay being over 100 years old. He also has a little Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and has been experimenting with Petite Syrah. He has also served as the President of the Fédération Vinicole. 

Domaine Hubel
GEAC de Salaville
Saint-Hérent
T/F: + 33 4 73 96 44 74
Jean, Paul, Serge and Salaville: four brothers that sound more like a Beatles tribute band. They started out in 1980 making wine for consommation personnelle before starting to sell wine commercially in 1991. They work 4.6 hectares of old vine Gamay de l’Auvergne and (0.6ha of) Chardonnay in ‘La Planche’, the lieu-dit at the western extremity of the slopes of Boudes where the soils are made up of clay over limestone. They operate out of a cowshed on the road between Boudes and Saint-Hérent, making Boudes and generic red, white and rosé. Their 2007 Boudes was light, peppery and dangerously gulpable.

Christian et Fabienne Grayon
Le Clos des Monts
Route de Saint-Germain-
Lembron
Boudes
T: + 33 4 73 55 33 41
The Grayons have taken on four hectares of high density plantings (8,300 vines per hectare) of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay from retired growers and set up a small cellar in a warehouse-cum shed on the road into Boudes. They are also converting the vines to organic farming methods.


CANTAL (15)

Pierre Desprat
10 Avenue Jean-Baptiste-Veyre
Aurillac
T: + 33 4 71 48 25 16
F: + 33 4 71 48 45 45
Desprat-vins@wanadoo.fr

Whilst their wines might originate from the Côtes d’Auvergne villages, their approach to élevage is a novel one as the Desprat cellars are far away, in the next département, in Cantal, a region hardly recognised for its wine production (although some vineyards do exist). The wines are transported to the upland meadows after fermentation and are then subjected to six months of ageing in cask in a stone hut, known locally as a buron cantelien, until the following spring. This ageing of wine at altitude, 1,200 metres to be exact, is supposed to offer special qualities, given the air pressure is said to be weaker and although temperatures are cooler, they are more constant. 

There are two ranges, with red, rosé and white (which accounts for around 20 hectares of their plantings) produced in La Légendaire, named in hommage to Jean Desprat, Pierre’s Desprets grandfather and the man attributed with the technique of high altitude ageing. The 2007 red is light and similar in style and quality to village Beaujolais, with some quite firm acidity. The second tier is called Osez with a red and white produced.

Without making a significant journey to seek out the cellar in the Cantal, their wines are available from the caviste business they opened in Chamalières, a suburb of Clermont-Ferrand, in October 2007.

Desprat Vins
50 Avenue de Royat
Chamalières
T: + 33 4 73 19 47 69
www.vin-passion.com

 

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