I sampled about 2/3 of the wine producers , mostly staying with reds .
I would like to tell first about " Domaine Peyra ". This vineyard is located in a small wine region of France : The Cotes d'Auvergne region . The estate is 15 km south west of Clermont Ferrand , in the central region of France well known for its mountains and volcanic soil .
The Peyra production is usually listed as Appellation
VDQS but was not for the 2003 wines, because the owners prefered not to ask for it, feeling the character of the 2003 wine they blended would not fit the region characteristics . Local wine authorithies and strict rules push sometimes producers to prefer keeping their wines out of the Apelletion system . So , in this case , wines are downgraded to the VDT (table wine) category . That's why also on the bottles you read "Les Peyras" instead of "domaine Peyra" .
This is a 11 hectares estate. No sulphur added . This year was exceptional with the heat : wines reach 14°-14.5° natural alcohol.
First: Red "Crepuscule" 2003 . Gamay like all of their production . Seems to me different from an usual Gamay wine . Good . 7 Euro a bottle .
Then Red "vieilles vignes" 2003 . From vines between 70 and 100 years old (oldest 1903) Also good wine 9 Euro.Third :
Les Peyras red "cor en continu" 2003 wich spent time in wooden casks . Discreet wood flavor as the casks are not new . 9 E.
Last : Les Peyras red "Mauvaises Herbes" 2003. New casks . First press selection . Rich wine . Jam aromas 10 E. a bottle .
Then , went to Catherine and Pierre Breton's wine . Pierre Breton was present [ picture on the right ] to offer the range of "Les Galichets" wines . As I said before I had a wonderful experience with a "les Perrieres" wine , probably a 1996 or 1997 bottle that Benedicte kept in her cellar . So I'm always eager to taste more of their production . They have developed rich wines praised in the world of wine amateurs . They make Bourgeuil and Chinon wine , as they are located in Restigne ( 8 rue du Peu Muleau 37140 Restigné ; Ph 0033 (0)2 47 97 30 41 ; email : [email protected] )
Wines vinified without sulphur , only a little for bottling . Small yields , like about 32 hectoliters/hectare . Observe organic viticulture rules . Mostly Cabernet Franc grape variety as in the rest of the region .
First tasted : Bourgeuil "Avis de vin fort" 2003 . Soil : Limestone and clay . 7.95 E.
2 nd : Bourgeuil "nuit d'ivresse" 2002
3 rd : Chinon red "picasses" 2000 Sayed 20-25 months in casks , like the next one . 16,53 E.
4 th : Bourgeuil red "les Perrieres" 2000 . Always a pleasure . 16,53 E.