• 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

  • Domaine des Côtes Rousses

    Saint Jean de la Porte

    A tiny estate that comprises no more than 4ha of vineyards, Domaine des Cotes Rousses is rightfully seen as THE name to watch by many of Savoie’s top sommeliers and winemakers. Nicolas Ferrand founded the estate after having studied at the prestigious Sciences Po and wanting to work in an altogether different field. The result are wines that are very juicy, fruit-driven and yet have plenty of character and complexity.

    THE WINES

    Coteau de la Mort
    Ensemble Blanc
    La Pente Blanc
    Mon Blanc
    Monthoux - Roche Chapelan
    Piste Rouge
  • Les Vignes de Paradis

    Ballaison

    •Dominique Lucas‘ family has been making wine for five generations in the heart of the Côte de Beaune. Yet when he decided to start making wine himself, he decided to leave Burgundy and moved to the Savoie. In 2008, he started his winery with a focus on Chasselas. His exacting vineyard work sees him adopt practices often only seen at prestigious domaines in Burgundy such as Leroy or Bizot and he is a long-time practitioner of biodynamic farming.


    •Taking a very holistic approach, the concrete vessels to age the wines are made from local spring water and gravel/sand from Chamonix.


    •The resulting wines are pure, brilliant and of great elegance. At the same time, they are concentrated, generous and offer a very singular expression of the terroir

     

    🌙 BIODYNAMIC

    7.5 ha

    THE WINES

    Chasselas Marin
    IGP Chardonnay
    Pinot Gris Amphore Macération
    Son Altesse
    Un Matin face au Lac
    Un P'tit coin de Paradis

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