Domaine La Boheme 2020 'Lulu' Rouge, Vine de France (Auvergne)

Item Number: 18364

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Auvergne
Sub Region: Auvergne
Appellation/AVA: Vin de France
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): Gamay d'Auvergne
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Basalt

About the Winemaker:  After a lifetime before Patrick Bouju settled in the Auvergne, where he released his first commercial vintage in 2002 and left his job as an engineer in 2008 to make wine full time.

Patrick first started drinking wine while he was a chemistry student in Clermont-Ferrand, realizing he had a dislike for classical wine, as his body had an intolerance for sulphur. In 1994 and 1995, while joining the military in Chalon-sur-Saône, Patrick met many sons of low-intervention winemakers, inspiring him to go on to study viticulture in Beaune.

Following his studies, Patrick moved to the village of Glaine-Montaigut in the Auvergne and started cultivating a small handful of vines, little by little. There is a scarcity of vines in this region, having been wiped out by  phylloxera  after Wold War I and II. The  terroir  is very unique, with many complexities, but most apparent is the volcanic content of the soil.

Patrick tends to several small plots of vines around his village, with some vines aging back 120 years. He runs every aspect of the winery, from working in the vineyards by horse, to bottling, labeling, and bookkeeping.

Region:  Auvergne
Vineyard Size:  5 hectares
Average Age of Vines:  70 years
Farming:  organic
Harvest:  by hand
Winemaking:  destemmed, 150 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in anfora with indigenous yeasts
Aging:  12 months in neutral oak
Fining:  none
Filtration:  none
Added S02:  none