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St Pourçain

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Granted its AOC status in 2009, Saint-Pourçain is located literally in the center of France. While it produces a range of wines, the appellation is best known for its distinctive white wines incorporating traditional Loire variety Tressalier.

Vineyard

Location: This appellation extends over nineteen communes of Allier over a strip of land 5 to 7 km wide (3-4.5 miles): Chemilly, Besson, Bresnay, Meillard, Châtel-de-Neuvre, Monétay-sur-Allier, Contigny, Verneuil-en-Bourbonnel, Beneilles-Les-Chantelle, Bransat, Louchy-Montfand, Saint-Pourçain, Cesset, Montord, Chareil-Cintrat, Fleuriel, and Fourilles.

Surface Area:

  • 557 hectares / 1,376 acres

Soil: The appellation has multiple soil types, ranging from limestone-marl to the alluvial, sand-gravel terraces dominating the Allier valley.

Climate: Continental climate moderated by the vineyards proximity to the forests of Allier.

Wine

Annual Production:

  • 30,793 hl / 813,465 gallons

Yield:

  • 48 hl/ha
Grape Varieties: 
  • White: Tressalier (aka Sacy), Aligoté, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Red and Rosé: Gamay, Pinot Noir

Growing/Production Practices: Minimum planting density 3,500 vines/hectare with simple Guyot pruning with 8 buds.

Tasting Notes

White
  • Appearance: Pale straw yellow
  • Nose: Fresh and fruity, with herbaceous and spicy notes
  • Flavors: Light-bodied and dry with racy acidity
Red
  • Appearance: Ruby red
  • Nose: Ripe red cherry and plum
  • Flavors: Light-to-medium-bodied with soft tannins, bright acidity and red fruit flavors
Rosé
  • Appearance: Pale salmon pink
  • Nose: Fresh aromas of strawberry and bramble fruits
  • Flavors: Light-bodied and refreshing

Food Pairings

  • Pair white Saint-Pourçain with a Chicken Salad Sandwich or a California Roll
  • Red and rosé Saint-Pourçain complement Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas or a Pork Meatloaf
 
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