Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle 'Cuvée Emilie' Roussette 2018
This pure Roussette wine from the Savoie region exhibits an appetising russet apple and conference pear bouquet, and a supple, mid-weight palate with an elegant dry finish.
A white Savoie wine, 'Cuvée Emilie' is made from pure Roussette grape and raised in used oak barrels. It is well-suited to the local cuisine, some Caviar de Cruet (a delicious concoction of anchovies, garlic and aubergines) or a classic fondue Savoyarde would be ideal accompaniments.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Roussette|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Ideally drunk young but will keep for up to 3 years.|
|Vinification||Old vine fruit is hand-harvested at optimum ripeness and de-stalked before being vinified in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is avoided in order to preserve the wine's freshness and vivacity. The end wine shows richness and complexity that will accompany all but the spiciest of dishes.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine de L'Idylle (Phillippe & François Tiollier)
Savoie is an ancient and isolated vine area which deploys idiosyncratic grape varieties (originally introduced by monks from Chartreuse) that are seldom encountered elsewhere – Jacquére and Roussette for white wines and Mondeuse for reds. The Tiollier family has nurtured vines in and around the village of Cruet on the steep slopes of the Isère valley for generations. Situated in the Regional Nature Reserve of the Massif des Baugeas, Philippe and François's vines are spread over 47 acres of prime terroir and their fastidious approach to winemaking has turned Domaine de l'Idylle into a self-sustaining viticultural enterprise. Overgrown and abandoned parcels of vines have been carefully cleared and replanted and state of the art equipment has been installed in the ancient cellars.
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