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2018 Savoie “Les Abymes”

A. & M. Quenard

In the year 1248, an entire mountainside collapsed on the western end of the French Alps, burying multiple villages and all their inhabitants in the rubble. That pile of limestone now makes up the Savoie cru Les Abymes, a vineyard responsible for an outrageously thirst-quenching expression of the Jacquère grape. Expect a prickle of carbon dioxide, naturally left over from the fermentation process, to tickle the tongue, while an intensely cool, stony sensation on the palate mimics Alpine meltwater rushing down a steep waterfall. Now that’s what I call a landslide victory!

Steve Waters

$18.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Jacquère
Appellation: Vin de Savoie
Country: France
Region: Savoie
Producer: André & Michel Quenard
Winemaker: André & Michel Quenard
Vineyard: 50 years, 1.14 ha
Soil: Marl, 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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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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