Puy de Dome, Auvergne, France
Nicknamed "Les Cerises" for the beautiful red cherries on the label, Saint Verny Le Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from the Auvergne region near Clermont-Ferrand. Auvergne has a long wine growing tradition that dates back to Roman and Gallic times. Saint Verny is a small, highly dedicated, 65-grower cooperative that worked diligently to establish AOC status for Cotes d'Auvergne in 2011. Prior to recognizing its independent AOC status, the area was considered an extension of the Loire Valley, and its unique soil and topographical attributes had not been formally recognized. The vineyards stretch across 170 hectares from Riom in the north to Issoire in the south. The vines grow on volcanic soils, which contribute a real mineral driven character to the wines. Planted around 2006, they are sustainably farmed. Winemakers are Olivier Mignard and Etienne Rachez.
Saint Verny Le Pinot Noir is dry, light-medium in body with bright acidity and unoaked. It offers an appealing nose and rich flavors of cherries and mineral notes. The wine pairs beautifully with roast pork, spare-ribs on the grill, poached salmon, pastas, and cheeses.