From Bugey in the French Alps this low alcohol thirst quencher beats gatorade any day. Gradually over four generations the estate has been built up to almost 10 hectares in this rugged terrain. There are three main soil types, each matched with its best corresponding varietal as a result of careful observations: the soils of the Montagnieu area white marl clay, perfect for Altess (Roussette) and Mondeuse; the silica and limestone soils of the moraine hillside slopes are perfect for Chardonnay. Yves tends to all the vines and sees them through to bottling, preferring to work with nature, the soil and the climate, using no chemicals whatsoever.
region: savoie, france
varietal(s): co-ferment of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Gamay, and 20% Mondeuse.
style: red? rosé? yep.
farming & cellar: biodynamically tended vines (25-30 years of age) planted to calcareous-clay soil. The wine is fermented naturally, spending 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks.
pairing: a post work out treat