• SAVOIE

  • High ALTITUDE

    Apart from producing great cheese and boasting stunning scenery, Savoie is a region that also produces some of France’s most intriguing wines.

  • Domaine Des Ardoisières

    FRÉTRIVE

    Domaine des Ardoisières first came to life in 1998 when a passionate group of locals lead by Michel Grisard started to clear up and pieced back together the steep terraces of the long-abandoned vineyards of the Coteau de Cevins. Brice Ormont, a Champagne native, joined the team in 2005. He is now fully in charge of the domaine.

     

    The domaine’s 7 hectares of vineyards are planted on steep, rocky slopes high above the town of Fréterive. The entire production is sourced from two single vineyard sites: Cevins and St. Pierre de Soucy. Biodynamic principles have been employed in the vineyard ever since the vines were planted.

    Today, Brice produces five different cuvées using the area’s unique varietals, including Altesse, Jacquère, Mondeuse, Gamay and Persan.

    All wines are produced without any de-stemming, and are fermented with native yeasts in barrel or tanks. For the whites, the grapes undergo a light débourbage à froid before the fermentation. For the reds, devatting and pressing is performed after 2 to 3 weeks of maceration. The malolactic fermentation is not systematic on the whites but is on the reds. The ageing lasts between 9 and 18 months depending on the cuvée.

     

    Brice’s wines are brilliantly unique, capturing the stony and mineral character of the vineyard terraces, and possessing an amazing crystalline purity.

     

    🍀 ORGANIC / 🌙 BIODYNAMIC

    7 ha

    THE WINES

    Améthyste Rouge - Mondeuse, Persan

    Quartz Blanc - Altesse

    Schiste Blanc - Jacquère, Roussanne, Malvoisie, Mondeuse Blanche

    Argile Blanc - Chardonnay, Jacquère, Mondeuse Blanche

    Argile Rouge - Persan, Mondeuse, Gamay

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