Domaine Jean Perrier et Fils, Cuvée Gastronomie Abymes, Savoie, France 2020

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Lively, well balanced white from a superior cru in Savoy, full of Alpine flowers and zesty fruit

Tradition is hardly sufficient a word to sum up the Perrier family who have lived and worked in the Alps for more than seven generations. They seem to be hewn from the very rock that surrounds them. The wine style and dedication to local varieties such as Jacquère has not wavered and like their mountains, they remain resolute. And all the better for it. These are wines are stunning, different and enthralling creating flavour and palates that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Embodying their landscape and being resistant to change has made these wines special, delightful and truly regional. Jacquère is a grape variety native to Savoie with medium sized grapes in tight bunches with thick skin, a juicy pulp. The vineyards in Les Marches, Chapareillan and Myans and cover 1050 ha in size which is 53% of the wine growing region of Savoie. Planted on calcium rich soils on a east to westerly exposure.

Jacquère is the most planted white grape variety in Savoie, where it produces lightly scented, essentially Alpine dry white.

Abymes is a named cru just south of Chambéry whose name may be added to the eastern French appellation Savoie. The vineyards border those of Apremont and the wines are similar: typically light, dry whites made from the local Jacquère grape.

Tasting Note: White gold colour with hints of green. Fresh almond, hawthorn and citrus fruit on the nose. A lively attack on the palate but rounds out with lovely mineral notes and orange zest. Excellent balance between fruit and acidity.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 15.5/20 (2016)

Jacquère (100%)