Saturday, 20 June 2020
Côtes de l'Auvergne – portraits from this week's trip
Le Puy de Dôme – the region's icon
L'Auvergne en Eruption
This week we spent a very interesting and useful three and a half days in the Auvergne visiting producers and getting a better handle on the area – the terroir, some of its producers and catching some of excitement of the renaissance of this now small wine region but which towards the end of the 19th Century was hugely important.
I will be publishing a number of posts over the next few days but here is a series of portraits of the people we met during our stay and who made us so welcome.
Yvan Bernard, Montpeyroux
Léa Desprat, Desprat Saint-Verny
Pierre Goigoux, Domaine de la Croix Arpin, Châteaugay
Gilles Vidal, Saint-Georges-sur-Allier –
an associate with Desprat Saint-Verny
President of Syndicat AOC Côtes d’Auvergne
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I'm looking forward to your upcoming posts on that trip. If it wasn't for Covid-19, we would have spent a week in that area in April. I recognize some of the winery names from my pre-trip research. Hopefully we'll make it there next year.
My only experience with the wines of that area dates back 25 or so years, when we spent a week in the Cantal. I remember being very unimpressed with the wines, and we mostly stuck to wines we had brought with us from other parts of France. But I understand things have changed quite a bit.
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