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2017 Chignin Pinot Noir

André & Michel Quenard

Michel, Guillaume, and Romain Quenard, the old-school father-and-sons team who run this small family domaine today, work mostly with native Savoyard graves—Jacquère, Mondeuse, Bergeron (aka Roussanne)—on the steep clay-limestone slopes of Chignin. However, they have also listened to the irresistible songs of Gamay and Pinot Noir and tried—with tremendous success—to craft their own covers to Beaujolais’s and Burgundy’s original compositions. You might fairly wonder whether these grapes have a hard time ripening in the foothills of the Alps, but the Quenards’ vines enjoy southeastern exposure, which means they receive plenty of direct sun during the region’s generally warm, dry growing seasons. This red is ethereal, with fragrant notes of cherries, raspberries, and pine. It’s a perfect picnic Pinot Noir, light enough for drinking on its own or pairing with crudités and charcuterie.

Tom Wolf

$28.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Chignin
Country: France
Region: Savoie
Producer: André & Michel Quenard
Vineyard: .65 ha, 20-25 years
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

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About Savoie

map of 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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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