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  • 38. Chignin AC 2014, Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine La Combe des Grand' Vignes

    100% Jacquère (11.5% alc.)

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    From 50 year old vines on a south/south-west facing hillside, this wine is lightlyfloral and citrus fresh, it has lovely weightand mineral finish. Very drinkable.For drinking now to 2018.

  • 39. Arbin Mondeuse AC 2013, La Belle Romaine

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    Château de Mérande

    100% Mondeuse (12% alc.)

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    Really well made wine from Savoie’s most renowned mountain terroir for mondeuse. Partially destalked and aged in cuve, this is a delicious wine with floral(violets and peonies)and black fruits aromas and flavours, spice, and a saline freshness backed by savoury tannins. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 40. Roussette de Savoie AC 2015, Quintessence

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    Domaine des Orchis

    100% Altesse (12.5% alc.)

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    Made from a selection massale of clippings from the vines of renowned Savoie growers Charles Trosset and Michel Grisard, Orchis have two hectares of altesse planted at 350m to 450m altitude in glacial debris/limestone-clay. Aged in older barrels with malos completed, this is an exceptional wine with real poise whose bone dry, dense fruit so typical of low yields is offset by a refreshing acidity and good salinity. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 41. Mondeuse AC 2013, Quintessence

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    Domaine des Orchis

    100% Mondeuse (11% alc.)

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    Yields here are just 25hh from two hectares of vines planted in glacial debris in 1992. Destalked 90% to avoid astringency, it is aged in older barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Very floral on the nose (like Côte-Rôtie) it has clearly defined spicy black fruits, is very supple on the palate and the tannins are well judged. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 42. IGP St Pierre de Soucy 2014, Argile Blanc

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    Domaine des Ardoisières

    40% Jacquère, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Mondeuse Blanche (12% alc.)

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    40 year old vines here, planted at high altitude (400m) on steep schist based hillsides.  A perfectly balanced weight and tension, with smoky notes on the nose, very frank and pure on the palate, with ripe lemony fruit, and intense mineral character (hot stone and saline) that really tugs on the salivary glands.  For drinking now to 2018.

  • 43. IGP St Pierre de Soucy 2011, Argile Rouge

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    Domaine des Ardoisières

    80% Gamay de Chautagne, 20% Persan (12% alc.)

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    40 year old vines worked organically on west facing schist based hillsides.  Vinified in cuve, the grapes are not destalked, and given a ten day cuvaison before a nine month elevage in five to ten year old barrels.  With gentle carafing to take away a typical light reduction, this wine reveals an exciting aromatic range – violet, pomegranate, spicy red fruits and a very irony, stony mineral flecked palate. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 44. IGP Vin des Allobroges Cévins 2013, Schiste

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    Domaine des Ardoisières

    40% Jacquère, 30% Roussette, 20% Pinot Gris, 10% Mondeuse Blanche (12% alc.)

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    This is the domaine’s top white cuvée from a great terroir – a south-facing terraced vineyard on a vertiginous 60˚ slope where the soil is derived from metamorphic mica schists.  Yields are just 25hh, and the wine is aged in three to five year old barrels for a year. There is a great balance of dense fruit, apricot, pears, spice with a lick of acidity and a lip-smacking salinity on the finish.  For drinking now to 2021.

  • 45. Chignin AC 2013, Le Jaja

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    Gilles Berlioz

    100% Jacquère (11% alc.)

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    This comes from 30 year old vines planted in alluvial and clay soil overlying limestone, on a south-east facing hillside . It is a light, zesty wine, with hints of celery, quite saline and has a chalky lift on the finish. For drinking now to 2018+.

  • 46. Chignin AC 2013, Chez l'Odette

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    Gilles Berlioz

    100% Jacquère (11.5% alc.)

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    This is Gilles’ top micro-cuvée of jacquère (just 1200 bts produced) from 16 year old vines, planted hard on the limestone, on an extremely steep, southeast facing hillside(the cuvee is named after the lady from whom Gilles rents the vines).  The yield here drops down to 30hh and because of the dense juice, Gilles is able to use a little less sulphur too.  You know that this is a wine from a fine terroir – the wine has real class, perfect balance, is mouthwateringly mineral (saline and hot stone) and is very, very long on the finish.  For drinking now to 2018.

  • 47. Roussette de Savoie AC 2013, El…Hem

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    Gilles Berlioz

    100% Altesse (12.5% alc.)

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    Gilles named this cuvée after a Moroccan lawyer (Hem means inspiration in arabic) who free of charge helped Gilles out of a tight corner after a driving offence!! This has more body and weight than Chignin, with an intriguing nose, fine tension and balance with a hint of spice (altesse is akin to the pinot gris) and a ripe peach fruit on the palate. This emanates from a superb terroir and it’s by far Gilles’ best example to date.  For drinking now to 2018.

  • 48. Chignin Bergeron AC 2013, Les Fripons

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    Gilles Berlioz

    100% Bergeron (12.5% alc.)

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    Bergeron is a synonym for the roussanne grape, and here gives a dense, concentrated wine with apricot/peach fruit with more dynamism and natural acidity than you find in the northern Rhône. Fermented 100% dry and cuve aged only, it has been made from low yields, harvested in various sorties when only the ripest bunches were selected. For drinking now to 2019+.

  • 49. Mondeuse AC 2013, La Deuse

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    Gilles Berlioz

    85% Mondeuse, 15% Persan (10% alc.)

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    La Deuse is a memory of times past when many wines’ alcohol levels were between 8-10 degrees – a pre-Parker golden age!  Persan adds a little tannic structure and intense red fruits to the typical mondeuse flavour and aromas of violets, black fruits and pepper.  Very sappy, racy fruit, with a wonderful texture and real digestibility. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 50. Roussette du Bugey AC 2015 Montagnieu

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    Franck Peillot

    100% Altesse (12% alc.)

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    The vines here average 50 years of age, planted on the steep hillside of Montagnieu in soils of marl and limestone rubble, overlying a limestone base.  Vinified in cuve and bottled last July, it is now beginning to open out.  You’ll find quince, honey, acacia blossom, a touch of liquorice, peach and exotic fruits.  It has an excellent structure, quite tense, with very precise detailed fruit and a lovely streak of acidity.  For drinking now to 2020.

  • 51. Bugey AC 2015 Montagnieu Mondeuse

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    Franck Peillot

    100% Mondeuse Noire (12% alc.)

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    Some vines here were planted pre-1900 and the rest between 1972 to 2003 with 1.20h in total.  Tends to thrive where altesse doesn’t and vice versa!  Not destalked and macerated in an open cuve for ten days, it was then cuve aged for eight months.  Deep dark colour, but judicious extraction of black forest fruits. After six months in bottle it develops a beautiful bouquet, peony, cinnamon, black pepper and numerous spices, and its youthful, initially angular tannins round out and become velvety and harmonious. Available November. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 52. Bugey AC Montagnieu Méthode Traditionnelle NV

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    Franck Peillot

    40% Altesse, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Mondeuse Noire (12% alc.)

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    This sparkling wine has real vinosity and much more quality and character than most other sparkling wines. It is made 100% from 2013, in this cuvée, vinified in cuve, and aged for 12 months sur lattes with a 6.5g/l dosage. Very fine mousse, saline and long on the finish, the ripe red fruits from mondeuse noire give the wine a delicious lift.