Patrick Bouju – Domaine La Bohème
St Georges sur Allier - Auvergne
Patrick started making wine in 2004 with 1.5 hectares of vines which has now increased to around 5 hectares. The soil in Patrick’s vineyards is heavily basaltic thanks to the chain of extinct volcanoes, the Puy de Dôme at its heart, which form the backbone of the region. Patrick’s vineyards are mainly planted with old Gamay d’Auvergne (a smaller berried, thicker skinned variety than its Beaujolais cousin), a little Chardonnay and some Pinot Noir. Patrick produces tiny amounts of wine; we are very lucky to have some of it.
Patrick recently got his license to buy grapes and has released a range of negociant wines. He has been buying grapes from farmers working not only in the Auvergne but also in the south of France. The results are wines that are often eclectic blends but that maintain a precision and personality that is distinctly Bouju!