Saint Pourçain Wine

Saint-Pourçain Wine

In the spring of 2021 - as we started work on our 2022 wine list - there was consternation throughout viticultural France (with the possible exception of land-locked Alsace), about freezing night temperatures followed by warm sunny mornings. Warm weather causes vines buds to 'break' and they become frozen at night and then get burnt when temperatures rise rapidly the following day. Consequently, they fail to 'set' fruit and the potential grape harvest was greatly diminished before ripening even began. Nowhere was there more concern than in the vineyards of Saint-Pourçain in the Auvergne that saw its biggest temperature swings since 1947. On Wednesday 8th April, daytime temperatures were over 20 degrees C. and at night they fell as low as -11 degrees C. At the time, it seemed that the 2021 harvest would be non-existent but fortunately it seems that while 50-80% production was lost, some wine has been made!

With good river access and plentiful hilly countryside, this central region was an important enclave of vine cultivation in Roman times and the Middle Ages but today, with just over 550 hectares under vine, it is more of a niche location. White, rosé and red wines are all produced here and, with many smallholdings, production is dominated by the well-regarded Union des Vignerons co-operative based in the eponymous town of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule. Their white 'Cuvée Printanière' is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Trésallier and has uplifting wildflower and citrus scents and a zesty orchard fruit palate offset by fresh acidity. A rosé stablemate - called 'Domaine de Chinière' - is made from pure Gamay and has an attractive terracotta colour, 'crushed berry' bouquet, soft red fruit flavours and an elegant, dry finish. It makes for ideal al fresco drinking with or without a seasonal salad. Completing a dependable range is the red 'La Ficelle' adorned by an etched design by a different cartoonist every vintage. Made from a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, it is best served lightly-chilled to accentuate its juicy summer berry fruit and delicate tannins.

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  1. Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge 2021
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    £12.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £153.00
  2. Saint-Pourçain: Domaine de Chinière Rosé 2020
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    £12.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £153.00
  3. Saint-Pourçain: 'Cuvée Printanière' Blanc 2020
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    £12.75
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    £153.00
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