Patrick Bouju - Low-Intervention wines from Auvergne
Widely regarded as a legend of the French natural wine scene, Patrick Bouju began with 1.5 hectare of vines in 2004 and now manages around 5 hectares in Auverne, France. Patrick Bouju, who makes wine under the name Domaine la Bohème, also buys grapes from other growers to craft some of his wines (aka Negociant wines), in order to push his offering beyond his own vines.
A wide variety of wines
His non-Auverne wines even reach as far as Greece, where he has partnered with respected grower Jason Ligas, to create the Sous le Vegetal range of wines which aims to revitalise native yet somewhat-forgotten grapes on the Greek island of Samos. Alongside rare, old varietals like Mirefleurien and Limberger, Patrick Bouju mainly grows Gamay d’Auvegne (which is similar to gamay you usually find in Beaujolais, but with a thicker skin and a smaller size). Some of the vines he cultivates are over 120 years old. Domaine La Boheme uses no sulphur whatsoever in the cellar, at any stage. His wines are in high demand and with low supply, so if you find them - we suggest you pick one up!
Our Patrick Bouju wine tip: Be sure to try his Boujulais Nouveau when it comes out in the latter months of the year, which is he take on the traditional Beaujolais Nouveau style, of which he also uses grapes grown in the Beaujolais region. It’s excellent value, super juicy and fun.
Patrick Bouju's collaboration with Action Bronson
A few years ago, Patrick Bouju teamed up with famed rapper Action Bronson and respected importer Ochin Clovis to create ‘A La Natural’ together, a wine that features all of the makers characterised on the label too. The 'A La Natural’ Rouge 2017 is a blend of Chardonnay & Gamay, whilst the ‘A La Natural’ Blanc 2017 is a blend of Muscat & Chardonnay.