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2020 Savoie Chignin-Bergeron “Côteau des Ducs”

André et Michel Quenard
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Guillaume Quenard is the newest winemaker in a family whose lineage spans four generations. He joins his father, Michel, who succeeded his own father, André, the original pioneer of the Quenard label; though in fact, it was André’s father (Guillaume’s great-grandfather) who founded the domaine in the 1930s. Through the years, each successive generation has grown in tenacity and expertise.
     Nestled in the western Alps, the Quenards cultivate their vineyard holdings with an ancestral reverence in the commune of Chignin. This idyllic mountain land is marked by abundant limestone scree—fragmented rocks accumulated from surrounding vertical inclines. The domaine attributes the quality of their wines to the vines’ natural environment. The rocky soils absorb daytime heat and retain it during the evenings—exceptionally favorable conditions for Bergeron, the local name for southern France’s Roussanne variety, known for its elegance and ageability.
     The Quenards have mastered Bergeron, farming on sun-exposed, steep vineyard sites with minimal intervention, coaxing desirable ripeness from the cool climate and stony terroir. Côteau des Ducs’ concrete egg aging adds another layer of weight and complexity and the result is simply stunning: fresh, fleshy and brisk, as if a peach was cut by a sheet of mountain snow.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Roussanne
Appellation: Savoie Chignin-Bergeron
Country: France
Region: Savoie, Bugey, Hautes-Alpes
Producer: André & Michel Quenard
Winemaker: André & Michel Quenard
Vineyard: 50 years, 1.2 ha
Soil: Terraced steep limestone scree slopes
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Savoie, Bugey, Hautes-Alpes

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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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