Located 60 km north of Clermont Ferrand and a hundred km south of Sancerre, the apellation is spead over 19 villages in the Allier, around Saint Pourcain. This area is about 40 km long (north to south) and 5 to 7 km wide. It is made of a series south east facing slopes, on the left banks of the Allier and Sioule rivers, making a total vineyard area of about 650 hectares.
The white grape varieties make up a third of the vineyard area: Chardonnay, recognised worldwide, and Tressallier, an indigenous variety producing very aromatic wines with a pear and floral nose.
For the red varieties, there is some Gamay, which produces amazing roses as well as some light and fruity reds, and the Pinot Noir, which gives wines of great elegance.
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