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Wines from Savoie


#1

I just had a bunch of wines from Savoie during half-term and I was particularly surprised by a white grape - Apremont. I tried it from a couple of producers and all were surprisingly good.

Keen to hear your experiences with Savoie wines.


#2

Hi @NW3Andre,

I really like wines from Savoie too! The white you mention is made from a grape called Jacquère, which is one of the main white grapes used in Savoie.

TWS currently has this example, from a very reliable producer:

There was a lovely Cremant de Savoie on the list, also made from the Jacquère grape - alas! seems to have sold out:

Another fresh and floral grape from Savoie is the Altesse (aka Roussette), which you’ll find as ‘Roussette de Savoie’ on the label; you can find it in Bugey, or in another appellation called Frangy:

And this one, not from TWS but is just lovely:

They also use the Rhone’s Roussanne in Savoie, which they call Bergeron, but I haven’t found examples of it anywhere local to me as yet - so no idea what it tastes like in its Savoie expression.

There are some fab reds from Savoie too- my favourite grape is Mondeuse. This one is wild, spicy and yet light:

And I’m yet to try their other cuvee:

I believe @MikeFranklin has been a bit of a Mondeuse convert, so he might be able to give you more examples.

Enjoy! :slight_smile:


#3

An excellent reply from @inbar. I would only add for older members: I was put off by my experience of these wines when first skiing in the early 1980s, and didn’t try them again for about 25 years. But they are now greatly improved. So give them another try.


#4

Just back from a week’s ski-ing in Savoie.

Apremont has always been a favourite of mine, and the one I had this year was excellent. They are fragrant, refreshing and very suitable for a glass at lunchtime when ski-ing. I prefer it to Roussette although it’s decent too.

I tried Mondeuse for the first time a year or so ago, and I am converted. Posted last week about a lovely bottle we had one evening with dinner. Also had a half bottle of Swiss Pinot Noir at lunchtime one day, which was ok but nothing special. The local Gamay is very quaffable, but not in the same league as the Mondeuse. I think that is probably broadly similar to @MikeFranklin views, but he has managed a wider range of samples than me :slight_smile: .


#5

Oh, that’s interesting. I prefer Roussette as I find it a bit fuller flavoured than Apremont, which I find a little acidic. Not had any for some time though there is 1 bottle of Roussette downstairs awaiting its fate.


#6

Apremont can be a bit acidic, cheaper ones certainly, but I think in quite a nice way if the fruit is right. I quite like whites like that when up a mountain and you don’t want anything too heavy.


#7

I’m with you, @Andy999. Although I like them both, I definitely prefer the Roussette- I think it’s got more body and more perfume to it. Very versatile with food too. Should get some more in, come to think of it…!


#8

Just to confirm @Inbar comment that Apremont is a commune in Savoie and the usual local white grape is Jacquere. So comparing Rousette with Apremont is not quite valid!

Re the Savoie Roussanne I’m pretty sure I’ve seen plenty of it for sale around here. If I remember I’ll pick up a bottle for you to try when I’m next 'darn sarf" :smiley:

As @MarkC comments I am definitely a Mondeuse convert but sadly not so much a Persan convert. Also I’m afraid I’m not a white drinker so can’t really comment on the various whites. (a conversion project to embarked on possibly in the spring!).


#9

Ah! that’s very nice of you, Mike! :grinning: :+1: