La Ficelle de Saint-Pourçain Gamay Pinot Noir 2020SAINT-POURCAIN, FRANCE Add to Wishlist
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Pull back the curtain on the magical, seldom-explored haven of Saint-Pourçain, situated upstream of the Loire in Auvergne. La Ficelle, the trademark wine of the local Union des Vignerons Cave Co-opérative, melds equal parts Gamay and Pinot Noir in a raspberry and redcurrant delight that captures the hundreds of years of winemaking history and skill at play in this little-known AOC. The name ‘La Ficelle’, which translates to ‘the string’, comes from a 1487 legend in which a tavern owner, stymied by the smoky haze within his pub, dipped a knotted piece of twine into his customers’ clay wine jugs to measure how much they’d quaffed. And the quirky labels? Designed by a different comic artist every vintage, they underscore the irreverent humour of the Cave Co-opérative winemakers and evoke the romantic, storied charm of the cobbled streets of France.
Expect to find
Joyous, youthful exuberance in a bottle, captured inside a rich, moreish prism of raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant, and pepper
The importance of Saint-Pourçain’s vineyards and winemaking history is memorialised inside the Museum of Vines and the Land, which houses wine-related objects including a horse-powered still from the 1800s
Drink now or by 2023
At your next garden party, slightly chilled alongside everything from Brie to charcuterie to BBQ
Union des Vignerons Cave Co-opérative
The hidden winemakers of Saint-Pourçain
Snug amidst the shaded valleys and mountainous terrain of Auvergne sits the little hamlet of Saint-Pourçain, founded in the time of the Romans, developed by Benedictine monks in the Middle Ages, and home to the trailblazing Union des Vignerons Cave Co-opérative, a collective of winemakers producing quality vino upstream along the Loire.
A well-hidden cooperative of underground French winemakers
Set in the tiny Roman-era village of Saint-Pourçain
Quirky labels designed by different comic artists each vintage