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Domaine des Ardoisieres, Quartz Blanc, 2022

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Flinty, Savoury, Sweet Spice

Savoie / White /Altesse / Organic , Biodynamic 

Farming

Organic/Biodynamic

Producer

Domaine des Ardoisieres

Grape

Altesse

Wine Type

White

Country

France

Region

Vin des Allobroges IGP, Savoie

Vintage

2022

Alcohol

12%

Size

75cl


As per the cuvées Schiste and Améthyste, the vines are in Cévins in the remote Tarantaise valley. Quartz comes from the heart of the coteau, full south-facing, where Lydia and Claude Bourguignon identified the most qualitative parcels and advised to only plant altesse – the emblematic Savoie grape. Bush vines 'sur échalas' on terraced slopes, almost no top-soil, the roots get straight into the slate giving low yields of 20hh. Direct press, fermentation with native yeasts, ageing for 18 months in 1-10yo barriques.

Notes on the producer

Brice Omont’s 16ha domaine des Ardoisières was originally the project of now-retired grower Michel Grisard (Prieuré St Christophe). Michel took up the idea of a local association Vivre En Tarantaise who were looking for a vigneron to replant abandoned mountain terraces above the village of Cévins. The estate is named after the slate (ardoise) roofs of the cabins and stone walls. Brice does not have to contend with any chemicals used in other vineyards as his vines are the only ones in the area. The vineyards were classified Cévins IGP by the INAO (rather than qualifying for the Vin de Savoie AC) simply because the mountains here are so steep that there is one hour of sunlight less in the morning and one in the afternoon – not that ripening the grapes has been a problem at all over the last five years. The working day stops at 1pm as working here in the afternoon is physically impossible, to the point that Brice is considering clearing the hillsides at a higher, cooler altitude and plant more vineyards. It’s from these stunning, low yielding vineyards that Brice produces his finest cuvées Améthsyte, Schiste and Quartz.

 

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