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Friday, 29 May 2009

Saint-Pourçain to become an AC

Julien Nebout: a Saint-Pourçain producer at the London International Wine Trade Fair May 2009

Yesterday the INAO (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité) approved Saint-Pourcain’s application to become an appellation contrôlée. The application will now go forward to the French Minister of Agriculture for final approval and signature.

Saint-Pourçain has been a VDQS since 1951 and today has around 600 hectares of vines spread across 19 communes producing white, rosé and red. The local variety is the Tressallier – called Sacy in the Yonne. The other main varieties are Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir. There are 18 independent wine producers and a cave co-operative.

The VDQS designation is being phased out and remaining VDQS must either win promotion to AC or be relegated to vin de pays.

Once the minister has found his pen there will be 69 appellations in the Loire.

INAO announcement here.


Bob Rossi said...

Congrats to the St. Pourcain producers. When we were first in the area about 10 years ago, one producer said she thought it was still a few years off. Now they've finally made it.

Jim's Loire said...

Indeed! I don't understand why Orléans and Orléans-Cléry got AC status before Saint-Pourçain.