A young generation of winegrowers is at work to restore the Auvergne to its former splendour. Following Patrick Bouju or Vincent Tricot, with whom he trained as a winegrower, François Dhumes is part of an approach that has one ambition: to produce terroir-driven wines in the most natural way possible.
After studying oenology, François Dhumes followed a long apprenticeship, in particular with natural winegrowers from Auvergne – Patrick Bouju, Vincent Tricot – with whom he then worked part-time while cultivating his first vines, acquired in 2006 in Corent. Today his estate is spread over 5 hectares between Corent, Orcet, Pérignat-sur-Allier and Chidrac, with plots of Gamay (local Gamay d'Auvergne and Gamay du Beaujolais), Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in an artisanal way. Cultivation without inputs, very low-interventionist vinification: the wines are distinguished by their frank and authentic character and their profile, typical of their terroir.