2013 Persan, Domaine Saint-Germain

2013 Persan, Domaine Saint-Germain

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2013 Persan, Domaine Saint-Germain

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Persan is a rare red grape native to the wine region of Savoie and has the potential of yielding wines worth ageing. The name "Persan" is believed to be a corruption of the synonym "Princens" which is also the name of a small hamlet by Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in Savoie, praised since the 17th century for the quality of its vineyards. Persan once counted among the great varieties of Savoie, but has declined for a number of reasons, including its sensitivity to oidium. This example by Domaine Saint-Germains shows strong aromatics, with intense flavours of raspberries and violets. A wine to drink now and over the next 8 years.
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Domaine Saint-Germain

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Savoie

Savoie

The Savoy or, in French  Savoie, is an  alpine  wine region which specialises in local, rare grape varieties,   most importantly Jacquère.   White wines account for roughly 70% of the total production, of which  two-thirds are based on the prolific  Jacquère grape, ideal for yielding delicate, easy-drinking, wonderfully light and refreshing wines with a crisp, clean minerality.

Chardonnay is grown in some areas, but the most interesting white grapes are Altesse, labelled as "Roussette de Savoie" and the Rhône's Roussanne, locally known as Bergeron.

Savoie also counts a number of obscure local white grape varieties with tiny production levels:  Molette in Seyssel; the etheral Gringet (descending from the Traminer family) in Ayze, the locally known Malvoisie (Veltliner Rouge) and Mondeuse Blanche (an ancient grape and one of the parents of Syrah).

Gamay dominates the red plantings, Pinot Noir has not found much popularity, but the emerging stars are the Mondeuse Rouge (possibly related to Syrah) and Persan grapes; the latter has recently registered a small-scale revival. Mondeuse, deep in colour, with peppery flavour, and slight bitterness,  was traditionally made into a quaffing, delicate, fruity style to target local visitors for quick consumption, but some producers are now experimenting with lower yields for more concentration and oak maturation for better structure and ageing potential.

The appellation encompasses less than 1,800 hectares of vineyards (in 2005) scattered from south of Lac Léman (Geneva) in Haute Savoie, down to the Isère Valley and Chambéry on the borders of the départements of Savoie and Isère. As much as 80% of the production is consumed locally by thirsty alpine skiers and regional inhabitants, leaving very little for export.

The general Vin de Savoie appellation (which covers the entire region)  is further complimented by 17 local Crus, including Chautagne , Jongieux,  Crépy and Seyssel (the latter has forged a reputation for sparkling wines and still Altesse whites). Roussette de Savoie is a separate appellation for 100% Altesse wines.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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