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.