Saint-Pierre Doré

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Saint-Pierre Doré is a white French wine grape variety grown primarily around the Saint-Pourçain AOC in the Auvergne region of Central France. While the grape has a long history in the region of being very productive and producing high yields, its plantings have been steadily declining over the last century and now the variety is almost extinct.[1]

DNA profiling has confirmed that it is one of several varieties descended from Gouais blanc, the French white grape variety that is also the mother vine to Chardonnay, Gamay and Melon de Bourgogne as well as several other varieties.[2][3]


Over the years Saint-Pierre Doré has been known under a variety of synonyms including Cerceau, Epinette, Epinette blanc, Epinette blanche, Firminhac, Lucane, Per Dore, Roussellou, Saint-Clair, Saint Come, Saint Pierre, San Per Dore and Saint-Pierre de l'Allier.[2]


  1. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes pg 163 Oxford University Press 1996 ISBN 0198600984
  2. ^ a b Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC) Saint-Pierre Doré Accessed: August 17th, 2012
  3. ^ Oz Clarke Encyclopedia of Grapes pg 112 Harcourt Books 2001 ISBN 0-15-100714-4