Widely regarded as a legend of the French natural wine scene, Patrick Bouju & his partner Justine Loiseau now manage around 5 hectares in Auvergne, France. Patrick and Justine, who make wine under the name 'Domaine la Bohème', also buy grapes from other growers to craft some of their wines (i.e. Negociant wines), in order to push their offering beyond their own vines.
This is where the pair can get quite creative in their grape choices, showcasing lesser known grape varietals like Mondeuse & Altesse. READ MORE below or watch a video interview with Patrick Bouju about his Sous Le Vegetal project here.
A few years ago, Patrick Bouju teamed up with famed rapper Action Bronson and respected importer Ochin Clovis to create ‘A La Natural’ together, a wine that features all of the makers characterised on the label too. The 'A La Natural’ Rouge 2017 is a blend of Chardonnay & Gamay, whilst the ‘A La Natural’ Blanc 2017 is a blend of Muscat & Chardonnay. More popular wines from Patrick Bouju include Mol, Festejar, Lulu, The Blanc, Cailloux, Niglo and Lovesong.
Natural Wines from Auvergne and beyond
His non-Auvergne wines even reach as far as Greece, where he has partnered with respected grower Jason Ligas, to create the Sous le Vegetal range of wines which aims to revitalise native yet somewhat-forgotten grapes on the Greek island of Samos.
Alongside rare, old varietals like Mirefleurien and Limberger, Patrick Bouju grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay d'Auvergne (which is similar to gamay you usually find in Beaujolais, but with a thicker skin and a smaller size).
Some of the vines he cultivates are over 120 years old. Domaine La Boheme uses no sulphur whatsoever in the cellar, at any stage. His wines are in high demand and with low supply, so if you find them - we suggest you pick one up!