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High On The Hill: Wines of Savoie & The Jura – Blanc & Rouge

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This unique selection from some of the leading producers of the region takes you on a trip around the mountainous regions of Savoie and the Jura.

  • Prieuré Saint Christophe Roussette de Savoie | Altesse
  • Domaine des Ardoisières Schiste | Jacquère, Roussanne, Malvasia, Mondeuse Blanche
  • Jane Eyre Côtes du Jura | Chardonnay
  • Prieuré Saint Christophe Rouge | Mondeuse
  • Domaine des Ardoisières Argile Rouge | Gamay, Mondeuse, Persan
  • François Rousset-Martin Cuvée PP Andre | Pinot Noir, Poulsard

Prieuré Saint Christophe Roussette de Savoie

What — Altesse
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2018

Texturally complex and layered with white flowers, exotic fruits and a vibrant minerality. Approachable now, but ages gracefully as well.

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Established in the 1970s by Michel Grisard, the estate of Prieuré Saint Christophe is now a local legend. Later in 1994, he converted the domaine to biodynamics which was, at that time, largely unknown. Grisard worked with incredibly low yields across the 6 hectares of white and red planted vines, until the Giachino brothers took over the vineyard in 2015 to further his legacy.

Savoie is home to the grape variety Altesse, also known as Roussette or Roussette de Savoie. While it ripens late, it also carries wonderful citrus and tropical flavours with vibrant acidity. Prieuré Saint Christophe brings out the grape’s full potential, aging in barrel for one year followed by a further six months in tank to produce a textural and age-worthy example. The parcel of Altesse is only 1.4 hectares, yet produces arguably the greatest expression of varietal Altesse.

The legendary work of Michel Grisard is in safe hands and continues from strength to strength with the Giachino family as they continue working biodynamically in the vines, with every intention to further elevate its quality.

 

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Domaine des Ardoisières Schiste

What — 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussanne, 20% Malvasia, 10% Mondeuse Blanche
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2019

Balanced between a concentration of orchard fruits, spice and crushed rock minerality, with a lip-smacking salinity on the finish.

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Like Prieuré Saint Christophe, Domaine des Ardoisières was also created by the legendary Michel Grisard, in 1998. Brice Ormont joined the team in 2005, then took over the estate five years later. Even now, the founding principles of biodynamic viticulture and respect for the living world continues with the domaine.

The Schiste is one of the domaine’s prestige white cuvées, from a south-facing vineyard planted on an incredibly steep slope. It is a blend of varieties—this 2019 bottle carries 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussanne, 20% Malvasia and 10% Mondeuse Blanche. The name Schiste comes from the metamorphic mica-schist soil that it sits on. Yields are incredibly low, akin to those in Grand Cru Burgundy, which means you can expect its flavours to be deep and concentrated. The wine sees a year in older barrels, adding texture and weight without an oak thumbprint. The combination of grapes results in a density of fruit that embraces a lively acidity, with lip-smacking salinity on the finish.

It’s no coincidence that Michel Grisard has created two top-echelon estates within the same region and like Prieuré Saint Christophe, the greatness of Domaine des Ardoisières perseveres.

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Jane Eyre Côtes du Jura Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — Jura, France
When — 2018

Walnuts and almonds intertwined with fresh citrus and ginger on the palate.

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Jane Eyre is predominantly known for her wines of the Côte d’Or, with some ventures also in Beaujolais. An exception? Her Côtes du Jura Chardonnay; a single vintage production from some specially sourced grapes. The grapes are from a biodynamically farmed vineyard in the historic heart of Arbois, with an average vine age of 60 years.

The wine saw a very hands-off approach in the cellar. Fermentation was done by indigenous yeast, in a combination of stainless steel and a 500-litre, one-year-old barrel. It remained in stainless steel and barrel for 18-months, the only addition being a light sulphuring prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

It shines with the classic notes of nuttiness, ginger and the spice of wines from the Jura, with Jane’s signature deft touch. Only 2,000 bottles were produced and we are incredibly fortunate to have secured a small parcel of it for Singapore.

 

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Prieuré Saint Christophe Rouge

What — Mondeuse
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2018

A complex and rich nose, restrained fruit expression of blackberries, prunes and spices. It builds on the palate, with blue flowers and liquorice, through to a long finish with a balanced tannic grip.

+ Read More

The estate of Prieuré Saint Christophe was established in the 1970s by Michel Grisard, who has since become a local legend. In 1994, he converted the domaine to biodynamics, which was still largely unknown at the time, working with incredibly low yields across the 6 hectares of white and red planted. In 2015, the Giachino brothers took over the vineyard, furthering the work of Grisard.

Prieuré Saint Christophe’s single red cuvée is from Mondeuse. It is a variety not seen in many other regions and has variations of both a blanc and noire—it’s often used as a blending grape with Pinot Noir and Gamay in Savoie to produce easy-drinking styles of wine. The ethos of Prieuré Saint Christophe is to produce wines with depth and complexity, to truly demonstrate the vineyards’ capabilities.

The grapes are macerated for up to 40 days in order to extract colour, tannin and flavour before fermentation using whole bunches. It then spends six months in vats before being transferred to barrels for at least a year; varying with the individuality of the vintage and how much time it requires to come together.

As with their white, this is a wine that can age beautifully while still fairly approachable in its youth. You’ll want to decant it prior to serving, with large glasses to better experience its full spectrum of flavours.

 

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Domaine des Ardoisières Argile Rouge

What — 65% Gamay, 25% Mondeuse Noire, 10% Persan.
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2019

Violets, red berry fruits, spice and a ferrous minerality layered on the palate, with black berry flavours on the finish.

+ Read More

Like Prieuré Saint Christophe, Domaine des Ardoisières was also created by the legendary Michel Grisard. After being founded in 1998, Brice Ormont then joined the team in 2005, taking over the estate five years later. The domaine still embodies the founding principles of biodynamic viticulture and respect for the living world.

Argile Rouge is a blend of 65% Gamay, 25% Mondeuse Noire and 10% Persan. Mondeuse and Persan are both grapes very much at home in Savoie, commonly seen as blends rather than single variety expressions. As with all of their wines, Argile Rouge is naturally fermented. It spends 9 months in older oak, with minimal additions before bottling.

It’s designed with youthful approachability and will show even better with some decanting—30 minutes before serving to help the wine best express itself.

 

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François Rousset-Martin Cuvée PP Andre

What —  75% Pinot Noir, 25% Poulsard
Where — Jura, France
When — 2019

Juicy and delicate texture with crunchy red currants, sour cherries and spice.

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François Rousset-Martin first caught the wine-bug growing up in Burgundy, where his father was a microbiologist for the Hospices de Beaune. The family held a parcel of vines in the Jura which they regularly visited, so François eventually began vinifying with his father. Later, armed with an oenology degree and experience from the southern Rhône and Languedoc, he would return to his Jurassian roots and launch his eponymous winery in 2007.

François’ raison d’être is to gain a better understanding of the incredible terroirs that he works with, through minimal-intervention winemaking.

Cuvée PP Andre is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Poulsard. 2018 represented the first expression in the three years he’s produced reds, in which he’s been able to use some whole-cluster in the fermentation, only because the stems were ripe enough with 2019 following suit. Trousseau’s earthy and slightly rustic flavours combine perfectly with the elegance of Pinot Noir, resulting in a delicate, fruit expressive and approachable light red.

Interestingly, its name holds somewhat of a dual meaning: while PP represents Pinot-Poulard, it also nods to Pépé—French for grandfather—having been influenced by his great-grandfather and subsequent generations in his style of winemaking.

Meanwhile, François continues to gain outstanding recognition for his range of both reds and whites, pushing boundaries and conventions.

 

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Description

The art of wine-making is challenging enough—more so with climate change, especially for those in extreme, elevated climes like Savoie and the Jura.

For many years, Savoie and the Jura have largely gone under the radar and it’s no wonder; growing conditions are tough, wines are mostly produced only for local vin de soif drinking on ski slopes and outsiders knew little of these ‘unusual’ sounding grape varieties. The quality and potential of the region had yet to be discovered.

It is only recently that a ground swell of producers from the region, with a focus on quality and terroir-driven expressions, have begun to make waves to much international acclaim. 

This curated selection from leading producers of the region highlights the remarkable quality of Savoie and the Jura, with potential that we’ve only just begun to scratch.

 

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Prieuré Saint Christophe Roussette de Savoie

What — Altesse
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2018

Texturally complex and layered with white flowers, exotic fruits and a vibrant minerality. Approachable now, but ages gracefully as well.

+ Read More

Established in the 1970s by Michel Grisard, the estate of Prieuré Saint Christophe is now a local legend. Later in 1994, he converted the domaine to biodynamics which was, at that time, largely unknown. Grisard worked with incredibly low yields across the 6 hectares of white and red planted vines, until the Giachino brothers took over the vineyard in 2015 to further his legacy.

Savoie is home to the grape variety Altesse, also known as Roussette or Roussette de Savoie. While it ripens late, it also carries wonderful citrus and tropical flavours with vibrant acidity. Prieuré Saint Christophe brings out the grape’s full potential, aging in barrel for one year followed by a further six months in tank to produce a textural and age-worthy example. The parcel of Altesse is only 1.4 hectares, yet produces arguably the greatest expression of varietal Altesse.

The legendary work of Michel Grisard is in safe hands and continues from strength to strength with the Giachino family as they continue working biodynamically in the vines, with every intention to further elevate its quality.

 

In stock

Domaine des Ardoisières Schiste

What — 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussanne, 20% Malvasia, 10% Mondeuse Blanche
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2019

Balanced between a concentration of orchard fruits, spice and crushed rock minerality, with a lip-smacking salinity on the finish.

+ Read More

Like Prieuré Saint Christophe, Domaine des Ardoisières was also created by the legendary Michel Grisard, in 1998. Brice Ormont joined the team in 2005, then took over the estate five years later. Even now, the founding principles of biodynamic viticulture and respect for the living world continues with the domaine.

The Schiste is one of the domaine’s prestige white cuvées, from a south-facing vineyard planted on an incredibly steep slope. It is a blend of varieties—this 2019 bottle carries 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussanne, 20% Malvasia and 10% Mondeuse Blanche. The name Schiste comes from the metamorphic mica-schist soil that it sits on. Yields are incredibly low, akin to those in Grand Cru Burgundy, which means you can expect its flavours to be deep and concentrated. The wine sees a year in older barrels, adding texture and weight without an oak thumbprint. The combination of grapes results in a density of fruit that embraces a lively acidity, with lip-smacking salinity on the finish.

It’s no coincidence that Michel Grisard has created two top-echelon estates within the same region and like Prieuré Saint Christophe, the greatness of Domaine des Ardoisières perseveres.

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Jane Eyre Côtes du Jura Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — Jura, France
When — 2018

Walnuts and almonds intertwined with fresh citrus and ginger on the palate.

+ Read More

Jane Eyre is predominantly known for her wines of the Côte d’Or, with some ventures also in Beaujolais. An exception? Her Côtes du Jura Chardonnay; a single vintage production from some specially sourced grapes. The grapes are from a biodynamically farmed vineyard in the historic heart of Arbois, with an average vine age of 60 years.

The wine saw a very hands-off approach in the cellar. Fermentation was done by indigenous yeast, in a combination of stainless steel and a 500-litre, one-year-old barrel. It remained in stainless steel and barrel for 18-months, the only addition being a light sulphuring prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

It shines with the classic notes of nuttiness, ginger and the spice of wines from the Jura, with Jane’s signature deft touch. Only 2,000 bottles were produced and we are incredibly fortunate to have secured a small parcel of it for Singapore.

 

In stock

Prieuré Saint Christophe Rouge

What — Mondeuse
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2018

A complex and rich nose, restrained fruit expression of blackberries, prunes and spices. It builds on the palate, with blue flowers and liquorice, through to a long finish with a balanced tannic grip.

+ Read More

The estate of Prieuré Saint Christophe was established in the 1970s by Michel Grisard, who has since become a local legend. In 1994, he converted the domaine to biodynamics, which was still largely unknown at the time, working with incredibly low yields across the 6 hectares of white and red planted. In 2015, the Giachino brothers took over the vineyard, furthering the work of Grisard.

Prieuré Saint Christophe’s single red cuvée is from Mondeuse. It is a variety not seen in many other regions and has variations of both a blanc and noire—it’s often used as a blending grape with Pinot Noir and Gamay in Savoie to produce easy-drinking styles of wine. The ethos of Prieuré Saint Christophe is to produce wines with depth and complexity, to truly demonstrate the vineyards’ capabilities.

The grapes are macerated for up to 40 days in order to extract colour, tannin and flavour before fermentation using whole bunches. It then spends six months in vats before being transferred to barrels for at least a year; varying with the individuality of the vintage and how much time it requires to come together.

As with their white, this is a wine that can age beautifully while still fairly approachable in its youth. You’ll want to decant it prior to serving, with large glasses to better experience its full spectrum of flavours.

 

In stock

Domaine des Ardoisières Argile Rouge

What — 65% Gamay, 25% Mondeuse Noire, 10% Persan.
Where — Savoie, France
When — 2019

Violets, red berry fruits, spice and a ferrous minerality layered on the palate, with black berry flavours on the finish.

+ Read More

Like Prieuré Saint Christophe, Domaine des Ardoisières was also created by the legendary Michel Grisard. After being founded in 1998, Brice Ormont then joined the team in 2005, taking over the estate five years later. The domaine still embodies the founding principles of biodynamic viticulture and respect for the living world.

Argile Rouge is a blend of 65% Gamay, 25% Mondeuse Noire and 10% Persan. Mondeuse and Persan are both grapes very much at home in Savoie, commonly seen as blends rather than single variety expressions. As with all of their wines, Argile Rouge is naturally fermented. It spends 9 months in older oak, with minimal additions before bottling.

It’s designed with youthful approachability and will show even better with some decanting—30 minutes before serving to help the wine best express itself.

 

In stock

François Rousset-Martin Cuvée PP Andre

What —  75% Pinot Noir, 25% Poulsard
Where — Jura, France
When — 2019

Juicy and delicate texture with crunchy red currants, sour cherries and spice.

+ Read More

François Rousset-Martin first caught the wine-bug growing up in Burgundy, where his father was a microbiologist for the Hospices de Beaune. The family held a parcel of vines in the Jura which they regularly visited, so François eventually began vinifying with his father. Later, armed with an oenology degree and experience from the southern Rhône and Languedoc, he would return to his Jurassian roots and launch his eponymous winery in 2007.

François’ raison d’être is to gain a better understanding of the incredible terroirs that he works with, through minimal-intervention winemaking.

Cuvée PP Andre is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Poulsard. 2018 represented the first expression in the three years he’s produced reds, in which he’s been able to use some whole-cluster in the fermentation, only because the stems were ripe enough with 2019 following suit. Trousseau’s earthy and slightly rustic flavours combine perfectly with the elegance of Pinot Noir, resulting in a delicate, fruit expressive and approachable light red.

Interestingly, its name holds somewhat of a dual meaning: while PP represents Pinot-Poulard, it also nods to Pépé—French for grandfather—having been influenced by his great-grandfather and subsequent generations in his style of winemaking.

Meanwhile, François continues to gain outstanding recognition for his range of both reds and whites, pushing boundaries and conventions.

 

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