Desperat St Verny, Les Volcans, Gamay-Pinot Noir, Cotes d’Auvergne, 2017, France

Off-piste: 89/100

Today, Saint-Verny is the sole co-operative in the Puy-de-Dôme. Originally called Cave des Coteaux it was founded in 1950.

At least half the grapes for this beautiful wine are still harvested by hand. The cellar takes in grapes from 53 communes in the area. On average it’s members have less than two hectares.

A simple and honest wine

The red and is a blend of 50% Gamay and 50% Pinot Noir. It’s light, thirst-quenching wine – exactly what they should be and, in a way, they are the most impressive wines in the whole Cotes d’Auvergne cellar. Simple and honest, full of character, yet still they still speak of their origin.

Final verdict

Climate: Altitude

Flavours: Fruity

Structure: Light

Style: Delicate

Approach: Vegan