Savoie is a little known region in the east of France near the borders of Switzerland and Italy. It is making a bit of a statement at the moment and Jean-Yves Peron is at the frontline making pure and expressive natural wines. A beautifully fresh and vibrant red-fruited wine with a leafy-stalky nuance as well as structure and length. Decant and serve at 14 degrees to get the most enjoyment from this wine. - Chris L
Jean-Yves Peron is a young artisan patiently reviving ancient, almost forgotten high-altitude vineyards in the French Alps, near Albertville. After studying oenology in Bordeaux, he trained with natural winemakers Thierry Allemand and Jean-Louis Grippt in the Rhone Valley and Bruno Schueller in Alsace.
Started in 2004, he works with multiple steeply terraced micro-parcels (3ha) of 115-130 year old Jacquere and Mondeuse vines, planted to friable mica-schist soils; his oldest parcels were planted in 1893, and have not seen phylloxera. The vines are high density (10,000/ha), single-staked gobelet, very low to the ground and very low-yielding; their uniform southern exposure gives them the sun's full benefit, as the mica-schist soil warms up in spring and enables to obtain a very good phenolic maturity. Organic farming, indegenous yeasts, non-interventionist winemaking, avoidance of filtering and fining and use of little or no sulphur makes these natural wines of the first rank. - Importer Note
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