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2015 Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Blanc “Les Terrasses”

A. & M. Quenard

2015 Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Blanc “Les Terrasses” A. & M. Quenard - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Have you ever been high up in the mountains and experienced a day that was both warm and cold at the same time? Maybe you’re out hiking under a brilliant, cloudless sky. You’re sweating, down to your shirtsleeves, and then suddenly a breeze comes down off the peaks and chills you to the bone. Grown in the French Alps on some of the steepest vineyards anywhere, Quenard’s Les Terrasses embodies this Alpine paradox. There’s the ripe pear and peach fruit you associate with Roussanne, the grape here, but with a mineral streak running through like a rushing stream of ice-cold, crystalline snowmelt. –Dustin Soiseth

$33.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Roussanne
Appellation: Vin de Savoie
Country: France
Region: Savoie
Winemaker: André & Michel Quenard
Vineyard: 25 years, 3 ha
Soil: Terraced steep limestone scree slopes
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 11%

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About Savoie

Fifteen or twenty years ago, there was little buzz about the wines of Savoie, the Alpine region hugging the Swiss and Italian borders. In fact, most wines from Savoie were some combination of overcropped, thin, searingly acidic, and painfully rustic; even the best examples rarely made it out of the local mountain resorts, where they were served as an après-ski to wash down many a melty croque-monsieur.

But all that has changed, and today Savoie produces a number of top-quality wines in all styles, from simple thirst-quenchers to wines of substantial gravity. Kermit sought out some of these wines early in his career, having imported the spritzy, mineral whites of Apremont and Chignin in the late 1970s.

With vineyards at the foot of the Alps that occasionally climb to higher elevations, Savoie is defined by its mountain-influenced climate and extremely rocky terrain, with abundant limestone. Thanks to a diversity of indigenous grape varieties, quality-oriented growers with the choicest parcels—steep and well-exposed—can craft anything from crisp, low-alcohol whites from Jacquère to deep, gamey reds from Mondeuse. More serious whites are made from Altesse as well as Bergeron, the local name for Roussanne, which the Romans planted on the slopes of Chignin around the same time as they introduced it to the Rhône Valley.

Savoie’s diversity of styles and distinct sub-regions, from Arbin to Seyssel to the Bugey (technically not a part of Savoie, but included here for convenience) makes it a fascinating region for the thirsty explorer. There is no better place to look for brisk mountain refreshment.

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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