Romain Paire

Domaine des Pothiers

VigneronRomain Paire
LocationVillemontais (Loire)
Size of Domaine10 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Sandy soils of granitic origin. Sloped vineyard at foothills of the Massif Central. 380-420m altitude.
ViticultureCertified organic (Ecocert) and biodynamic (Biodyvin)
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Côte Roannaise is an appellation that is located at the extreme south-eastern part of the Loire Valley, about 50 miles west of the Beaujolais and 12km south-west of the city of Roanne. Although technically a part of the Loire, with its unique granite soils this area is often considered the unofficial 11th Cru of the Beaujolais (even though it's at least an hour’s drive from Brouilly).

The gamay grown here is a particular strain called gamay Saint-Romain, which is distinct and gives smaller bunches of grapes and much lower yields (around 25hh) than its more productive cousin in Beaujolais (around 40hh).

The Paire family have been winemakers in the region for over 300 years, with Georges Paire raising Limousin cows in addition to vines before handing over to his son Romain ten years ago. The domaine has 10ha of vines planted on the beautiful, granitic hillsides of Villemontais and under Romain’s lead, it has become the reference point for the appellation over the last decade.

The grapes are hand-harvested, only indigenous yeasts are used, the vinification is either traditional or semi macération carbonique with the grapes two-thirds destalked, and élevage is predominantly in cement or tank. The wines can range from bright, peppery and lively to dense, structured and age-worthy.

Domaine des Pothiers Wines

Domaine des Pothiers

100% Gamay Saint-Romain (12.5% alc.)

Grown organically in a sandy, granitic topsoil overlying granite, this comes from a selection of old vines up to 80yo. On the nose you find spicy cherry and raspberry fruit, then the palate has good structure for a gamay, with the irony, stony mineral quality typical of vines grown on granite, and ripe, old vine tannins on the finish.

Previous Grower ← François Pinon