03,06,13   4:02 pm

The Auvergne gang: Francois Dhumes

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After finishing his enology studies in Burgundy, Francois Dhumes spent 5 years working for a few traditional estates in the Rhone, but after a while he realized the more he learned about conventional winemaking the less interested he became.
It was when he moved back to his native Auvergne that he met winemakers like Vincent Tricot, Patrick Bouju, and Stephane Majeune, started learning from them, and developed a real understanding of how to make wine with no additives and just a bit of sulphur at bottling.

Francois leads a simple life in the mountains of Auvergne, working 3ha of vines on volcanic slopes. He grows gamay and chardonnay and still puts in some time working for Tricot and Bouju to earn money to expand his estate.

As of 2013 he own 3ha of vines and produces 5,000 bottles of wine.

Minette
Grape: gamay
Soils: basalts
Ha: 0.8
Age of the vines: 35 year
Yield: 15hl/ha
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: destemmed grape, 2 months of maceration
Aging: 1 year in old barrels
No filtration
No fining
SO2: less than 10mg/l

Jeu de vin
Grape: gamay
Soils: basalts
Ha: 0.4
Age of the vines: 35 year
Yield: 20hl/ha
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: whole cluster, 2 months of maceration
Aging: no
No filtration
No fining
SO2: less than 10mg/l

Tete de bulle ( sparkling)
Grape: chardonnay
Soils: basalts
Ha: 0.5
Age of the vines: 15 year
Yield: 20hl/ha
Harvest: manual
Winemaking: directly pressed press direct, the wine is bottled during the fermentation for the 2nd fermentation
No filtration
No fining
SO2: less than 10mg/l