St-Pourçain French Wine
South east of the town of Moulins is the small town of St-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, situated on the Sioule river. There are nineteen communes in the wine area of St-Pourçain that between them have about 500 hectares of vines under cultivation. The vineyards are on the hills and level areas with chalk and or gravel soils. The local Tressaillier grape once enjoyed great fame but the red grapes of Gamay and Pinot Noir are now more common. Attempts though by the local cooperative to replant with the traditional white variety are proving successful. The French wine-growers of St-Pourçain now offer the full range of white, rose, and red wines of excellent quality.
The quality hereabouts left much to be desired in the past but the younger generation of hardworking and passionate growers now deserve your full trust. St-Pourçain white is made by blending Tressaillier, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The combination of calciferous clay or sand, favourable position with regard to the sun, and these three grape varieties leads to an exceptional French wine. The wine has different characters depending on the percentage of Tressaillier, Sauvignon, and Chardonnay it contains. Those in which Tressaillier and Chardonnay dominate are good to lay down, while Tressaillier-Sauvignon types are fresh and fruity but better suited for early consumption. Where Chardonnay dominates, the wine combines Chardonnay's rich finesse with the freshness of Sauvignon. There is also a fatty and highly aromatic wine made combining Chardonnay, Tressaillier, Sauvignon, and Aligote. Hence there is something for everyone. Drinking temperature for this Sauvignon-Tressaillier French wine 46.4°F (8°C) and 53 .6°F (12°C) for the Chardonnay types.
St-Pourçain rose and Vin Gris are made with 100% Gamay. These are fresh, elegant and fruity French wines. Drinking temperature: 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
Finally the red St-Pourçain is made with Gamay and Pinot Noir. Depending on the percentage of grape varieties used and style of wine making these French wines can be fresh, fruity, and easily consumed (100% Gamay) , fuller and more complex (80% Gamay, 20% Pinot Noir) , or harmonious, complex, rich, and delicate (50% of each). The terroir also determines the eventual richness and complexity of the wine. Those reds from chalk soils are generally more elegant and complex than those sited on gravel-bearing sand. These are fuller and richer tasting though. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C).