Nestled between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small yet mighty appellation is one to explore. Patrick Bottex, along with his wife and son, farm the rocky limestone slopes of Bugey to produce a beautiful sparkling rosé. Predominantly Gamay, this slightly sweet bottling shows bright fruit and refreshing acidity.
Furlani’s Bianco Alpino represents a blend of Nosiola, Müller Thurgau, and Pinot Bianco (better known as Pinot Blanc). Nosiola is a real gem of Alto Adige and is so named for its tendency toward a distinctly hazelnut-infused aroma and flavor profile.
As with the best Jura Pinots, ‘A Bec’ calls to mind the very best expressions of Burgundian Pinot with its enticing minerality, gripping acidity, and notes of dusty cherries. And yet, the wine is unmistakably from the Jura and not Burgundy, with a certain nonchalance and joy that you just can’t find in Burgundy.
This experimental Sylvaner cuvée is the result of a single parcel picked ripe, yet with loads of acidity still present, and left to ferment slowly but surely for the next eighteen months on its lees. The wine is raw, unusual, unrefined, with high acidity and richness all at once. For those who like to explore, it offers a nice foray off the beaten path for Sylvaner.
Le Clos des Grives Côtes du Jura Chardonnay La Musicienne 2017
In the cellar, this non-oxidative wine is fermented naturally and aged in a mixture of old oak barrels and stainless steel tank. Both vessels are topped off regularly to ensure freshness. The resulting wine is fresh, high in acid, and generous, with notes of quince, salty minerals, and granny smith apple.
Arbin appellation of the Savoie and enjoys a relatively warm, sunny climate for what is an otherwise alpine terroir. The resulting wines are fuller in body, making for an ideal union between alpine freshness and minerality, along with concentration and complexity. An absolute stunner!
The Binner family have been making wine since the late 1700s. Their vineyard sites are located on steep slopes and surrounded by wild nature. They farm without chemical additives and they don’t fine or filter their wines. This blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Auxerrois is aromatic and refreshing.
Producer André Ostertag is all of the things: a revolutionary winemaker, pioneer, certainly, & ardent environmentalist. His old vine Sylvaner shows beautiful aroma and freshness, with a silky mouthfeel. Versatile, dry, delicious - you can’t go wrong with this awesome wine.
Nicolas Ferrand of Domaine de Côtes Rousses is committed to paying tribute to his family’s history of cattle farming. This 100% Jacquere bottling is a perfect reflection of his deep connection to the Alpine landscape, ‘Armenaz’ referring to a nearby mountainside where his grandparents would graze their cattle.
Ardoisieres IGP St Pierre de Soucy Cuvee Argile Blanc 2020
Nicolas Ferrand started his humble project with only 1.5 hectares. Now, he is a powerhouse in the Savoie wine world. ‘Coteaux de la Mort’ translates to “the hillside of death,” referencing the extreme slopes of the vineyard this cuvée comes from. Deep mineral notes and a dark cherry nose make for a beautifully balanced wine.
Ardoisieres IGP St Pierre de Soucy Cuvee Argile Rouge 2019