Andrew Guard

2019 Roussette de Savoie, Domaine Blard & Fils

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100% Altesse from Abymes, vines aged approximately 33 years. The wine is fermented naturally, with 20% seeing skin contact for 10 days. This is aged on the lees for 10 months before bottling. The wine has a terrific nose, full of green grass, salt, lemon and clean apricot. Almost recalls Gruner Veltliner - the palate is just as lovely, with green tea, lime zest, and herbs. The wine has fine and intense finish, full of salt and herbs - the finish shows cracking acidity and fine texture, this is a beauty.

Domaine Blard & Fils located directly at the foot of Mont Granier, an area that would have been under the rubble in 1248. The Blard’s have been farming this land for 5 generations, and today production is led by the father-son duo of Jean-Noël and Thomas. The family started with different types of crops and animals, but slowly turned all efforts to wine production. The area where most of their 10 hectares are planted reference the 1248 catastrophe: Apremont, which means “bitter mountain,” and Abymes, which means “ruin.” The soil composition here was forever changed by the landslide, and it is considered by many experts to be the best place in the Savoie to plant and harvest Jacquère. In this offer there are three excellent wines from Jacquère.

In addition to the estate’s Jacquère, Jean-Noël and Thomas also produce a brilliant Roussette de Savoie which is from the Altesse variety. There is a depth in the wine that not all Altesse carry and it has real presence. 

All the wines here are produced from estate grapes, farmed organically, they wine have the certification in 2022 - fermentations are spontaneous with ambient yeasts and SO2 is used in minimal quantity at the bottling. These are artisan wines as we like them