A Wine That
combines the freshness of Gamay, the heady fruit profile of Pinot Noir and the meaty, savoury side of Mondeuse (Syrah's grandparent, and the unsung hero of the region). It paints a portrait of the Savoie for you through its fresh acidity; transporting you to steep glaciers and reminiscent of the cool winds breezing down the Alpine valleys.
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- Winemaker: Cellier de la Baraterie
Where and How?
Julien’s vineyards are spread over several small plots of vineyards; like in Burgundy, this is common in the Savoie, as the vineyards have been dispersed throughout the years. This comes from parcels of Gamay (45%), Pinot Noir (45%) and Mondeuse (10%), in the villages of Cruet, but also St. Jean de la Porte and Arbin.
Each grape variety is naturally fermented and aged separately, blended before bottling. Julien works with whole clusters, as he likes the aromatics this brings to the wine. Extraction is very gentle — taking place over 20 days with just one pumpover a day (the process of bringing the juice from the bottom of the vat to the top). Aged in stainless steel, and bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphites.
The Winemaker: Cellier de la Baraterie
Julien grew up in the Savoie, which aside from its famous ski resorts, is also a key agricultural region of France. Although he didn’t inherit any family vineyards, early on he became smitten with the idea of making wine, and was fortunate to find some vineyards in the village of Cruet.
It’s not only breathtakingly beautiful; the area is also recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Indeed, his village dates back to the 14th century. With this in mind, combined with his personal gardening hobby, he decided from the get-go that he would work organically. His wines taste every bit as pure as the scenic mountains they come from.