Producer wine
Henri Chauvet

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Auvergne

PRODUCTION :
25,000

Henri moved to Auvergne in 2021 to begin his new dream of making natural wine after a career in banking and insurance. He studied under Jerome Bressy of Gourt de Mautens and Thierry Allemand before starting his own label. His goal is to make non-dogmatic natural wine that expresses the varied terroir of Auvergne. By taking over the estate of Annie Sauvat in Boudes Henri has been able to hit the ground running with an already active winery. The domaine is 10.5 hectares in Boudes planted with Gamay (60%), Pinot Noir (30%), and Chardonnay (10%). This area once counted hundreds of hectares and these days is down to around forty hectares of vines. The steep slopes contain a wide variety of soils: volcanic lava flows and ash, a rainbow of marls, and limestone outcroppings. The oldest vines on the property were planted in 1987. The property is currently undergoing organic conversion. Lulu the horse helps with soil management. Mechanical work is difficult given the gradient of the hillsides. All wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, unfined, and unfiltered. Each plot and each variety is vinified separately and all wines are whole bunch. Sulfur use varies wine to wine, depending on what Henri feels is necessary.

CUVÉES
Wine

“Vie Ordinaire”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard: in Henri’s words — “These are two plots: a large plot in the heart of the historic hillside of the village very volcanic dominant and a small plot with the rising sun where there are remains of bombs”
Soil: volcanic rocks, blue marl
Farming: undergoing organic conversion.
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 12-15 days whole cluster maceration in stainless steel vats, minor pump overs
Aging: 9 months in barrel, 65% old 228L and 35% new 500L barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1.5g/hl at bottling

Wine

“Abrupts”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard: a blend of Henri’s favorite Gamay plots in Boudes
Soil: basalt, mostly blue marl
Farming: undergoing organic conversion.
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 4 weeks whole cluster maceration in large wooden vats, a bit of foot treading
Aging: 9 months in barrel, old 300L and 228L
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1.5g/hl at bottling

Wine

Rouge

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard: single plot, Gamay and Gamay d’Auvergne
Soil: red clay dominant
Farming: undergoing organic conversion.
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 12-15 days whole bunch maceration in stainless steel vats, minimal pump overs
Aging: 9 months in barrel, old 300L and 228L
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1.5g/hl at bottling

Wine

“Froussard”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Chardonnay
Vineyard: single plot close to Boudes, sélection massale from Burgundy.
Soil: red clay dominant
Farming: undergoing organic conversion.
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press
Aging: 9 months in barrel, half new 500L, half old 228L
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1.5g/hl at bottling

Wine

“Qui Sait”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: clay-sand rich in iron oxide
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press gamay (blanc de noirs)
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1 g/l at bottling

Wine

“Contre-Nature”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: decomposed basalt with marls, including blue quartz
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole bunch, short fermentation in stainless steel.
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1 g/l at bottling

Wine

“Au Chant de la Huppe”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: 60% Gamay, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: red clay with decomposed pink granite
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole bunch Gamay, direct press Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Co-fermented in stainless steel.
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1 g/l at bottling

Wine

Tout La-Haut

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking:
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Rosée d’Automne

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press rosé
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: minimal

Wine

Rescapes

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Pinot Noir (rosé)
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press rosé
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Envol

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: a selection of the best gamay barrels blended with free run juice
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Entre Chien et Loup

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking:
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: minimal

Wine

Ensauvages

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking:
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

A l’Aube

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking:
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

De Cendre et d’Ame

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 10.5 hectares
Soil: volcanic lava flow, ash, a rainbow of marls, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Farming: undergoing organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking:
Aging: 1 year neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“A Fleur de Peau”

Region: Auvergne
Grape: Chardonnay
Vineyard: 10.5 hectares, vines 10-30 years old, very steep slope
Soil: decomposed basalt, limestone
Farming: undergoing organic conversion.
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 1 week whole bunch maceration, very long pneumatic pressing.
Aging: 9 months in barrel, old 400L and 228L
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 1.5g/hl at bottling