From: Savoie, France
Tasting Notes: Pear, peach, and zesty citrus are complemented by mountain herbs, and a slightly stony, salty finish.
Pairing: Versatile in nature, the Savoyard Abymes would be fantastic with an aprés ski plate of Tomme de Savoie and Jambon, but try it with Tartiflette: https://www.tasteatlas.com/tartiflette/recipe
About. Located in the foothills of the Alps, Savoie neighbors the Jura to the north, Switzerland to the east, and Bugey to the west, across the Rhône river. Most vineyards there are planted between 800-1800 feet above sea level. Despite the elevation and alpine environment, Southern sun exposure and the moderating effects of nearby rivers and lakes create a warmer microclimate. The region spans just under 5000 acres (2000 hectares) and is dominated by limestone soils, but there is quite a bit of diversity across the small appellation.
“Savoie’s largest vineyard area lies to the south of the town of Chambéry, facing south and southeast on the lower slopes of Mont Granier, at the end of the Chartreuse mountain range. Here are popular sub-appellations of Apremont and Abymes, both strongholds of Jacquère.
Abymes (this wine) — named cru just south of Chambéry whose name may be added to the eastern French appellation Vin de Savoie. The vineyards border those of aprémont and the wines are similar: typically light, dry whites made from the local Jacquère grape.” –Atlas
“Jacquere is the most planted white grape variety in the Savoie, where it produces high yields of lightly scented, essentially alpine dry white. Plantings were a steady 983 ha/2,428 acres in 2011. Late ripening and relatively hardy, it has also been successfully grown for igp blends in some Condrieu and other northern Rhône vineyards, and is found further south.” –Jancis Robinson
Caveau Savoyard was founded in 1853, currently run by the seventh generation of the Perrier family. The domaine has slowly expanded over the generations, and today is the largest estate vineyard in the region with 62 hectares of vines. Vineyard work is sustainable; grapes are hand-harvested and gently vinified in stainless steel tanks.
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