Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle Jacquère 2020
Not often seen in the UK, this white wine from Savoie is a breath of mountain air. Made from the local alpine grape, Jacquère, it is dry and light and makes a marvellous aperitif – as clean and fresh as a snowflake!
With beguiling Alpine flower and orange blossom aromas leading to delicate, orchard fruit flavours, this single varietal wine of pure Jaquère has a fresh, crisp finish. With a low ABV of just 11.5%, it is ideal as an aperitif, or serve with shellfish.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Jacquère|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Ideally drunk young, but will keep for 2 to 3 years.|
|Vinification||Hand picked grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature for 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation is avoided in order to preserve the wine's freshness and vivacity. Fining and filtering occurs prior to a Spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||11.5|
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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