Guide to the Loire regions

Côtes d'Auvergne


Orcet

Grower Profiles

Christophe Romeuf
The pretty little village of Orcet sits on its own minor puy, just off the main Clermont to Issoire highway. It sustains two growers who work the vines on the commune’s southern slopes, all within easy reach of their respective cellars.

Christophe Romeuf is a well-built, rugger-bugger of a man and evidence of an amateur career in the game can be seen throughout the cellar. He started working with his father in 1996, at a time when everything was raised in ancient wooden tonneau. Today, Christophe prefers the neutrality of fibre-glass for fermentation, although the wines all pass through foudres at some point in the evolution.

In addition to cereals, there are five hectares of vines, the red grapes split equally between Gamay and Pinot, but he also has a little young vine Chardonnay too. There are just three wines, one for each style and all carrying the generic Côtes d’Auvergne designation. The 2008 red, tasted from tank, showed great purity and despite its bias of Gamay was ,stylistically, more like Pinot-Noir.

Christophe Romeuf
1 Bis, Rue du Couvent
Orcet
T: + 33 4 73 84 92 10
F: + 33 4 73 84 07 83

 

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