Grape(s): 100% Jacquère
Localization: Savoie, France
Tasting Notes: Aromas suggest honeysuckle, crushed stones, white pepper. Complex and tangy; flavors of lime, pear, fresh herbs.
Notes: Hand-harvested. Pressed full cluster; fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged on fine lees in tank.
Food Pairing: As an aperitif; with classic Savoie dishes such as fondue or raclette; grilled chicken or white meat
The Domain: The native home of the Jacquère grape is the raw nature and awesome beauty of Savoie, France’s most mountainous region. Here vines gaze at the Alps to the east from their own high-altitude, limestone cliffs. The Portaz family for some 30 years have cared for Jacquère vines in Savoie’s most famous vineyard, ‘Apremont,’ created by a massive avalanche more than 750 years ago.
The ‘Apremont’ vineyard is Savoie’s most renowned plot, at 1,050 feet above sea level, planted on the site of an ancient avalanche. Soils mix limestone rubble and glacial debris, with clay sub-soils.