New beginnings in the Berrichonne

November 5, 2008
img_1148-1A gentle countryside, the ancient province of Berry is a region of arable and livestock farming. Dotted among the meadows and ploughed fields are a number of excellent limestone slopes under vine. Near the delightful medieval city of Bourges is one of the region’s newest wine properties: Domaine de l’Ermitage, in the Menetou-Salon appellation. Laurence and Géraud de la Farge produced their first vintage in 2003 from the ultra-modern winery 20km from their charming home which doubles as a full-scale beef farm as well as a successful bed & breakfast and gite business. To these activities are added the tending of 9 hectares of sauvignon and pinot noir vines! Planted in 1981 on slopes rich in kimmeridgian limestone, the vines yield around 75,000 bottles. Temperature controlled fermentation on the lees in stainless-steel vats produces a crisp but complex wine with aromas of peach and melon and a hint of spice. Bourges is a great place for dinner – you’ll find the estate’s wines in many of the best restaurants. Try the white with some local charcuterie or a salade of goat’s cheese; the pinot is perfect with veal kidneys à la Berrichonne.
img_1857Domaine de l’Ermitage, Berry-Bouy