Guide to the Loire regions

Côtes d'Auvergne

Vin de Pays de Puy-de-Dôme  

Grower Profiles

Philippe Grenier
Grenier is something of a wild card in the region, although his tenure in the Puy-de-Dôme as a vigneron is about to come to a close, retiring in 2009 having sold his domaine (a shed and 2.2 hectares of vines) to Stephan Elziere, a part-time winemaker who lives near Maziac in Cantal, where he is currently one of three growers to make high altitude wine in the département.

The vineyards, all certified organic, are situated on a west facing slope called Badoulin, on the opposite bank of the Allier, approximately ten kilometres east of Issoire. Grenier planted a wide selection of different varieties, including more obvious candidates such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay, but also more obscure grapes, like Gewurztraminer, Petite Syrah and Alicante Bouchet. Despite making the wines, he only started bottling them in 2002.

The range currently includes:
Vin de Pays rosé – made from Gamay
Vin de Pays Chardonnay – raised for eight months in barrel
Vin de Pays Pinot Noir – spends a year in barrel
Vin de Pays Rouge – Gamay
Vin de Pays Améthyste Rouge – Gamay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, it takes its name from the semi-precious gemstone found in the rock. The wine is raised in oak.
Vin de Table N’importenawak – bizarrely named, and tasting white blend of Chardonnay, Chardonnay musqué and Gewurztraminer.
Vin de Paille – Gamay and Chardonnay. The grapes are left in the press for six months. Grenier, who originates from the region, remembers his grandfather making Vin de Paille in the family hayloft, when he was a child, authenticating the myth that this style has a long tradition in the Auvergne. Sadly, this is the only wine of any interest, as the table wines are all rustic in the extreme.  

Philippe Grenier
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