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Argile Blanc IGP Vin des Allobroges, Domaine des Ardoisières 2020
Brice Omont’s Domaine des Ardoisières was originally the project of now-retired grower Michel Grisard – founder of Prieuré St Christophe. Michel took up the idea of a local association Vivre En Tarantaise who was looking for a vigneron to replant abandoned mountain terraces above the village of Cévins, in the remote Tarantaise valley. The project entailed creating a company to rent around 400 plots of land from villagers (including the local mayor), restore the terraces and stone walls as well as the vineyard cabins. The domaine is named after the local slate (ardoise) that makes the cabins and stone walls, a sought-after material used to build the roof of the monastery of the Grande Chartreuse.
40yo jacquère, chardonnay and mondeuse blanche planted at high altitude (450m) on schist-based hillsides in St-Pierre-de-Soucy, vinified with 15% 80yo jacquère from Apremont on limestone scree. Ageing in fibreglass for nine months.
A perfectly balanced weight and tension, with smoky notes on the nose, very frank, pure and at ease on the palate, with ripe lemon fruit, and intense mineral character (hot stone and saline) that really tugs on the salivary glands.
Producer Domaine des Ardoisières of Brice Omont
Origin Fréterive, Savoie, France
Grapes 40% Jacquère, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Mondeuse Blanche
Alcohol 11.5% ABV
Style Medium body white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, direct press, fermented with indigenous yeast. Aged in fibreglass for 9 months.
Notes Organic, Biodynamic, Natural