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NWC – thirty first Jan – Savoie | Frusher on Meals

NWC – thirty first Jan – Savoie

I made a decision to not write about final week’s tasting, sake. While it was wonderful and illuminating it could have been difficult to summarise succinctly. That stated this week there was extra to be taught with a area I knew little about, Savoie. It’s located within the South East of France, snowboarding nation and its panorama dominated by mountains. As I perceive it while wine has been made within the area for a while there’s a new wave of creating ‘higher’ wines and use of indigenous regional grapes, led by Gilles Berlioz. Particular point out for the labels of this area, stunning to a bottle. (Majority of those wines sourced by the presenter from some from Wine Society and a few purchased in area)

Wines of Savoie

We kicked off with Cremant de Savoie that’s from Jean Francois Quenard and accessible from the Wine Society at £21. At Zero it was a lip smacking begin to proceedings. It truly put me in thoughts of an English glowing wine, maybe one with some Seyval Blanc. Excessive acidity, sherbet lemon and granny smith apple. A contact of yeast however little in the way in which of autolytic characters. Right now of yr it felt a bit difficult however on a summers day very refreshing.

We began the nonetheless wines with the reds, as is custom within the area and the primary of the grapes I hadn’t encountered earlier than. Persan. Having had a fast look it doesn’t seem like associated to any mainstream grape and its character was fairly attention-grabbing. The wine was Adrien Berlioz, Octavie, 2022 and was blushingly purple in its youth. The nostril was aromatic however inexperienced and stalky. The palate was extra interesting with some forest fruits and blackcurrant flavours, somebody in contrast it to a Lambrusco, for me a contact like a Mencia I had not way back. I’m clearly out of contact as one theme of the night for me was the shock on the value, this bottle retails for £30 and while a very good wine it didn’t provide sufficient enjoyment or curiosity to contemplate including any to my cellar!

Subsequent we had a severe of wines from the Mondeuse grape, one other Savoie exclusiv, though it may be present in California now. The primary instance was from Gilles Berlioz, La Deuze, 2021. It was rather more translucent than the primary crimson, nonetheless younger however extra ruby with flashes of purple. This was stalky on the nostril once more, a bit smoke too together with a rubbery twang. Not fairly pinotage however not far off. A palate of crimson apple and crimson currant with dry tannins was not terrifically extra interesting. It was famous that is designed to go along with the charcuterie of the area which might have improved it. £25

Mondeuse once more however in such a unique fashion was Domaine Cotes Rousses, Coteaux de La Mort, 2018. Instantly this was dense, inky and nearly meaty. Far more complicated and attention-grabbing nostril that carried by means of the palate. Hugh density and extraction with its fruit and black fruits with hints of black olives. Fairly a ringer for respectable Nothern Rhone for me. Apparently this winemaker is one to observe and I concur. £37

Our last crimson was a submission from one other group member so as to add to the tasting, a 1995 Mondeuse from Domaine Genoux, Chateau de Merande. At present they solely seem to supply the same crimson known as N45 however I’m certain the vary has modified since 1995 so I couldn’t discover out rather more! Clearly rather more mature and browning, as properly it could be 30 years down the road. It had a leathery, inventory pot nostril on it. There was a bit soiled, candy & bitter crimson fruit on the palate with some licks of soy sauce reminding you simply how outdated it was. The older members of the group loved this profile much more than I, and while it was definitely attention-grabbing I discovered it difficult at greatest.

Onto the whites and Altesse the primary of the grapes right here and from Domaine de L’Orchis, Quintessence d’Altesse, 2022. Pale color, fairly a muted observe with a contact of waxy aroma however some perfumed honeysuckle and candy fruits of pear, apricot and a touch of rosewater. Quite a bit reward for this across the room however not my kind of wine. £23

Domaine Grangeons, Altesse en Paradis, 2019 was fairly a unique beast. Instantly a extra intense nostril, numerous tropical and pineapple alongside a contact of nuttiness. Dare I say pina colada? Good acidity onto the palate and the fruits stay, maybe dried pineapple right here relatively than the freshness on the nostril. A contact brief however meals enjoyable and I most popular this of the two. £26

Lastly into the final of the native grapes, Jacquere. Apparently ubiquitous on the native slopes for the punters to glug down alongside their fondue and raclette, simply not the extra severe examples we have been introduced with. Critical actually was a very good adjective for the Cotes Rousses, Armenaz, 2020. Every part right here was dialed as much as 11. Unimaginable depth on the nostril and palate coupled with excessive acidity and a glycerol mouthfeel. Smokey peach, preserved lemon and different citrus whacked you around the chops. I’m undecided anybody agreed with me however I used to be in GG Riesling territory right here, which in relative youth I can discover an excessive amount of. Very attention-grabbing to see how this might develop. £26

Again to the legend Gilles Berlioz for his Cricri, 2022 Jacquere. A a lot shorter observe from the night ‘much like above however much less depth andmore simple ingesting’. It was definitely properly made and balanced simply actually dwarfed by the Cotes Rossuses and suffered by attempting to observe it. £34

We lastly hit a well-known grape within the form of Roussane. Famous that it was good to see no-one attempting to made a very good Chardonnay ‘simply beacuse’ and apparently some areas of Savoie have banned it! We began with one other Gilles Berlioz wine, Les Filles 100% Roussanne, 2021. As you would possibly count on we have been extra golden colored right here than earlier whites, deep stone fruits on the noise and a calmly peppered palate with some yellow fruit, unripe plum character. This was my favorite of the Berlioz wines however wanted extra time however individuals have been impressed, evaluating it to a Crozes-Hermitage. £34

Lastly we had maybe the (I’m informed) cult producer of the area, Domaine des Ardoisieres, with Cuvee Schiste, 2022. By far the largest jury splitter of the night. I used to be fairly firmly voting responsible. An actual unappealing nostril of cider vinegar however with a caramel and lactic observe. The palate was far superior however typically you may’t neglect that nostril. It was balanced and layered, tender however lengthy though I struggled to select any actually defining traits. You already know typically you’re left questioning what others see in a wine that you just don’t? Some beloved it. £60



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