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Philippe Auchère

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Philippe Auchère is a winemaker in the commune of Bué, a stone's throw from Sancerre. The family estate covers an area of 7 hectares. Producer of AOC Sancerre and AOC Coteaux du Giennois wines, Philippe Auchère cultivates the three local grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Gamay. Find out more
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Philippe Auchère is a winemaker based in the commune of Bué, a stone's throw from Sancerre. In love with good living and gastronomy, Philippe studied the profession of pastry chef before finally taking over the domain from his father Jacques Auchère in 1995. The latter will support him for 3 years and will accompany him in his beginnings. Today, Philippe's vineyard covers 7 hectares, 5 in AOC Sancerre and 2 in AOC Côteaux-du-Giennois.

Philippe works in his vineyards in a reasoned way and close to nature: the plots are maintained in a thoughtful way with the aim of preserving the structure of the soils, and to promote biodiversity. Hoeing and mowing are the two methods he has chosen for the maintenance of his plots. The use of microtractor, lighter and less energy consuming than the tractors in straddle, was set up punctually in order to limit the compaction of the soils, but also to reduce the CO2 impact.

Self-taught and passionate, he adapts to the specificities of each of his different plots in order to achieve the most beautiful harvest possible each year, when Mother Nature allows it. The terroirs he works in Sancerre are predominantly clay-limestone. On the other hand, the vines of the Coteaux-du-Giennois on the other side of the Loire are planted on flinty clay soils. From his 13 different plots, he makes no less than 5 different cuvées in Sancerre, 2 cuvées in Coteaux du Giennois and some ephemeral cuvées depending on the possibilities and the volume of the harvest. Every year, and since the beginning, Philippe chooses not to yeast his wines. They all ferment with indigenous yeasts, naturally present in the juice. No acidity correctors or deviant inputs are added to his wines. This choice is clearly expressed: each vintage is typical and different, reflecting its year and terroir.

The will to be part of a responsible and ecological approach is also found around the winery: Gaston, a pig, maintains the adjacent undergrowth. Rasta, Rockett and Lola, Ouessant sheep, maintain the green spaces, and finally some hens come to take care of the slugs which would take the way of the vegetable garden. It is in this family and authentic setting that Philippe flourishes every day.

Today, Philippe's wines are sold in France but are also exported to the United States, Switzerland and Belgium.
Registered since 02/11/2020
29 rue de l abbaye ,
18300 BUE
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