Savoie: Domaine de l'Idylle 'Vieille Vigne' Blanc 2021
This old-vine bottling of pure Jacquère, grown in the foothills of the Alps, has an inimitable 'mountain air' freshness and persistent stone-fruit flavours with an elegant dry finish. Bring on the fondue and raclette!
This Savoie wine is an old vine bottling from the Jacquère grape - 'L'Idylle' has more weight and structure than its 'Jacquère' sibling as a fifth is matured in oak barrels, but much the same zesty, mineral appeal. Philippe and François Tiollier concur with conviction that small shellfish and line-caught lake trout, or poultry dishes would partner nicely. Tartiflette, raclettes or fondue, particularly featuring local cheeses Reblochon, Raclette, Tomme de Savoie or Beaufort would be fine accompaniments.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Jacquère|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Ideally drunk young but will keep for up to 3 years.|
|Vinification||Old vine fruit is hand-harvested and de-stalked and then vinified in modern stainless steel vats. Full-malolactic fermentation takes place & the wine is raised on its fine lees with 20% in used oak barrels.|
|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 and sparkling wines alongside Mondeuse for reds. The Tiollier family has nurtured vines in and around the village (and sub-appellation) of Cruet on the steep slopes of the Isère valley for generations. Situated in the Regional Nature Reserve of the Massif des Baugeas, Sylvain Tiollier works with his father Philippe and uncle François looking after various plots of vines 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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