Domaine La Boheme
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Country of Origin: France
Location: Glaine-Montaigut, Auvergne
People: Patrick Bouju, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Patrick Bouju started Domaine La Bohème in 1998 in the village of Glaine-Montaigut in the Auvergne region. He has several small plots of vines around his village, which total about 5 hectares. Most of the vines are Gamay and Pinot Noir, with some averaging 120 years old. The soil in Patrick’s vineyards is heavily basaltic thanks to the chain of extinct volcanoes known as the Chaîne des Puys in the Massif Central of France. The average elevation is 1,600 feet.
Patrick Bouju is a one-man show. He does everything himself—from working the vineyards by horse to bottling, labeling, and bookkeeping. He believes in organic principles and practices minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar. The wines ferment spontaneously with native yeast, are not fined, are not filtered and contain no additives including sulfites. The result? They are fantastically quaffable natural wines.
Wine Terroirs: La Bohème, Auvergne