An old vine bottling from the Jacquère grape, L'Idylle has a little more weight and structure than its 'L'Orangerie' sibling, but much the same zesty appeal.
- Bottle £11.95
- Bottle Case £143.40
Not often seen in the UK, this wine from Savoie is a breath of mountain air. Made from the local alpine grape, Jacquère, it's dry and light and at around 11% of alcohol it makes a marvellous aperitif – as clean and fresh as a snowflake!
- Bottle £10.95
- Bottle Case £131.40
An appetising russet apple and conference pear bouquet
and supple, mid-weight palate with an elegant dry
- Bottle £13.75
- Bottle Case £165.00
The favoured red grape in the French Alps is Mondeuse and the Tiolliers’ version is packed with bright berry scents and savoury red fruit flavours. It drinks well very lightly chilled, so bring on the cheese and charcuterie... or raclette on a chilly evening!
- Bottle £12.25
- Bottle Case £147.00
The golden rule of Team Yapp on tour is to avoid anywhere remotely touristique
as, almost inevitably, you end up paying more for an inferior experience which is always demoralising – particularly so on our modest budget. However, a fact finding trip to the Savoie took us within yodelling distance of an old school chum, who is a Mont Blanc mountain guide, so we made a detour into the Alpine resort of Chamonix and steeled ourselves for the experience. Well, there are exceptions to prove every rule and no doubt local knowledge counts for a lot. We ended up in the Bistro de Sport, at 182 rue Joseph Vallot, having a very jolly repast of unimpeachable and reasonably priced raclettes
washed down with a bottle of the Tiollier brothers’ magnificent Mondeuse. Perhaps we should break the rules more often!
The following morning we enjoyed a vineyard tour and extensive tasting with Philippe and François Tiollier at their evocatively-named Domaine de L’Idylle above the village of Cruet.