In the winery some skin contact is allowed for richness of aroma with fermentation at 18-20c, followed by a natural settling of the must, lees contact, and eventual bottling in April the following year. Most of the vines are about 25 years old. He always ferments with natural yeasts. Textural yet fresh this is a really approachable wine and a great way into the wines of the region.
Notes on the producer
Rousette de Savoie & Frangy are not names that are going to resonate with many UK wine drinkers, but this is a delicious white from the hills of France. The 'Frangy' part of this name refers to the village from whence it came, one of 16 villages in the Savoie given cru staus under the AOC. The environment and cold winter temperatures make more natural production the norm in these climes and at Domaine Lupin, they adopt a lutte raisonnee approach (minimal use of chemicals, hand harvested, low yields of around 49hl/ha). Rousette (otherwise known as Altesse) can make exceptional wine and we think this is cracking value for money. As with many of the vineyards in this region the viticulture is lutte raisonnée. (Minimal use of chemicals, low yields, hand harvested) and the yields moderate (49hl/ha).