2019 Savoie, Gringet, Les Perles du Mont-Blanc, Brut, Domaine du Gringet

2019 Savoie, Gringet, Les Perles du Mont-Blanc, Brut, Domaine du Gringet

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2019 Savoie, Gringet, Les Perles du Mont-Blanc, Brut, Domaine du Gringet

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This fabulous traditional method sparkling wine is made in the Haute-Savoie village of Ayse from 100% Gringet, a rare local grape endemic to this region. The lemon gold colour and fine bubbles suggest this is a cut above many sparkling wines. This is confirmed on the nose with hints of yellow apple, pear and cape gooseberry mingling superbly with notes of bread and brioche.

The crisp, fresh palate has a delicate yellow peach and sweet apple edge. The freshness is wonderful, a signature quality of wines made from Gringet, and really lifts this lovely fizz on the bright, energetic finish.

Drink now to 2032 

Catriona Felstead MW, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (July 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

Traditional-method sparkling wine made in the Haute-Savoie village of Ayse from 100% Gringet, a rare local grape. This 2019 is the penultimate vintage of this wine grown and made by Gringet-reviver Dominique Belluard before his demise in 2021, after which his Domaine Belluard changed hands and was renamed Domaine du Gringet. It is a transitionary parcel, which doesn’t actually say Dom du Gringet on the label.

Light and appley – very alpine with a hint of spring flowers, too. It's a pretty wine but without great depth.

Drink 2022 - 2024

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (September 2023)

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About this WINE

Domaine du Gringet

Domaine du Gringet

The Domaine du Gringet team are setting out with one aim: to promote the rare Gringet grape, and ensure its position on the world stage.

Just 22 hectares exist of this distinctive white Alpine grape. Domaine du Gringet owns most of these, having inherited them from Domaine Belluard, run by the pioneering Dominique Belluard, who sadly died in 2021.

After Dominique’s death, his estate was taken over and renamed by four partners: Raphaël Bennour and Miguel Sarzier, who had worked with Dominique for decades, alongside Rhône winemakers Vincent Ruiz and Franck Balthazar. They took over with the singular aim of continuing their friend’s work in championing the unique, aromatic Gringet to the world.

While Dominique was one of the first in the Arve Valley to use biodynamic practices, the Gringet team are now working towards organic certification. This, alongside careful vineyard management, is how they are managing the tricky Gringet grape – which in Raphaël’s words, has a tendency to “grow in all directions”.

The team have moved away from traditional styles of Gringet, which has historically been used for sparkling wines largely consumed by locals. While Dominique was the first to create still wines from Gringet, they have carried this on. Experiments are also underway as they introduce more of a “sense of place” to their wines; intra-pellicular maceration, blending, and even naming wines after vineyards are all on the cards for this new and vibrant operation.

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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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