Savoie Wine

  • Savoie: Domaine de l'Idylle Vieilles Vignes 2012

    Savoie: Domaine de l'Idylle Vieilles Vignes 2012

    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
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  • Savoie: Cuvée l'Orangerie 2013

    Savoie: Cuvée l'Orangerie 2013

    The cuvée ‘l’Orangerie’ from Domaine de l’Idylle, made from pure Jacquère, is dry and light - at around 11% of alcohol it makes a marvellous al fresco aperitif or picnic wine – as clean and fresh as a snowflake!

    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
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  • Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle: Roussette Cuvée Emilie 2012

    Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle: Roussette Cuvée Emilie 2012

    An appetising russet apple and conference pear bouquet and supple, mid-weight palate with an elegant dry finish.

    • Bottle £13.75
    • Bottle Case £165.00
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  • Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle Mondeuse 2012

    Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle Mondeuse 2012

    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
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Savoie wines

Savoie Wine

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.