After two years of training and 10 years of apprenticeship, Pierre Beauger, a pure Auvergnat, decided to start in 2001. During the first part of his farm’s life he rented grapes from Gamay, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. (Oh! The famous ‘Champignon Magique’!). But Pierre prepared the sequel by approaching Montaigut-le-Blanc where he installed a gîte.
In Champeix on old restored terraced fields, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris were planted for whites, Pinot Noir and Syrah for reds. Pierre is the only winemaker in this area on the remote and exposed heights of the village.
His young ox Bijou watches over the vines where the work is done without mechanical intervention. Biosulfur and Bouillie Bordelaise (against the mildew) are the only interventions he allows to facilitate a native microflora.
Pierre is one of the great creators of natural wines and his wines are in his image – atypical! But so fine and direct, no compromise.