Caves Saint-Verny ‘Les Volcans’ Chardonnay 2015
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Caves Saint-Verny ‘Les Volcans’ Chardonnay 2015

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Caves Saint-Verny Les Volcans Chardonnay 2016

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Chardonnay is the only permitted white variety within the Cotes d'Auvergne appellation. The high altitude combined with the volcanic soils of the region give a particular profile to this tank-fermented wine: cooler and fresher with a distinct mineral character.

The Cave Saint-Verny is the sole co-operative in the Puy-de-Dôme. Originally called Cave des Coteaux it was founded – in 1950 – just outside the village of Veyre-Monton. It would be fair to say that the enterprise has suffered a chequered history, coming close to being dissolved in the late 1980s until it was rescued in 1991 by a 15 million Franc investment from Limagrain, Europe’s largest agricultural seed specialist.

The Auvergne is the largest volcanic area in Europe and, in parts, resembles a lunar landscape. Dominated by a range of dormant volcanoes that were lost active some 7,500 years ago, the Chaine-des-Puys is a vertical line of well-defined peaks which form a geological vertebrae. The most famous of these is the Puy-de-Dome which, at 1 ,465 metres, is the highest in the chain. Whilst this volcanic skyline rarely tops 1 ,000 metres, it helps provide an effective barrier to the westerly weather patterns that would otherwise determine the region's climate. The vineyards ore located on the eastern edge of the chain. Stretching intermittently for some 80 kilometres, they straddle the 45th Parallel, sharing the some latitude as the Northern Rhone and Bordeaux.

The co-operative takes its name from Saint-Verny (also known as Saint-Werner) the 15 year old son of a wine grower who was the victim of a ritual murder by the Jews in 1287. He was adopted as the patron saint of vignerons in 1624 and his image can be seen throughout the Auvergne in the form of a figurine depicting a young, rustic-looking farmer wielding a pruning knife in his right hand with a bousset (a small, barrel containing just a few litres, made by hollowing out a section of root wood from a walnut tree), at his feet. His Sainthood is celebrated every 20th May.

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