Hauts-de-France’s charbonnay wine from a slagheap

Pickers at work at the ‘pit’ vineyard

A new white wine made from grapes grown on the side of a coalmine slag heap in the north of France has gone on sale.

It is the first commercial wine produced in Pas-de-Calais and only a few merchants have so far been able to get hold of bottles of the punningly-named Charbonnay, which sells for €50-€60 a bottle.

As its name suggests, the wine is made from Chardonnay grapes – charbon is the French word for coal.

Olivier Pucek (pictured left), a vineyard owner who planted the first vines on the side of Haillicourt’s former slag heap, where mining waste was dumped, said: “It is a great pleasure to finally see it ...

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