2015 Marc Portaz Apremont Vin de Savoie
An ancient avalanche on Savoie’s Mount Granier in the 13th century paved the way for the vineyards of Apremont. A giant crescent-shaped piece of the mountain broke free, and the landslide buried the village below, leaving a terroir that is entirely unique to this special corner of France. Today, this high-elevation site is home to limestone and glacial deposits that delivers a wine of unmistakable, focused minerality. The locale varietal, Jacquère, is perfumed freshness in a glass and boasts the Alpine splendor of its locale. Apremont translates to, “bitter mountain,” and its vines are planted high on Mount Granier at the south and southeast-facing exposure, resulting in crisp acidity that lifts the unique minerality and bright fruit to a whole other level of pleasure. If you have never experienced one of these refreshing and compelling wines, this is a perfect time.
The 2015 Apremont exhibits a pale straw core with green highlights on the rim. The clean, floral nose boasts aromatics of melon, lime blossom, lemon, under ripe white peach pit as well as wet mountain rocks and bubbling streams that simply define freshness. The dry, medium-bodied palate boasts high acidity elevated by fresh melon, citrus, wet rocks and a beautiful finely ground minerality. This highly addictive wine is like drinking from a mountain spring with concentrated flavors.
WINERY: Domaine Marc Portaz
WINEMAKER: Jean-Marc Portaz
REGION: FRANCE • Savoie • Chapareillan
APPELLATION: Savoie AOC
BLEND: 100% Jacquère
VINEYARDS: The ‘Apremont’ vineyard is Savoie’s most renowned plot, at 1,050 feet above sea level, planted on the site of an ancient avalanche. Soils mix limestone rubble and glacial debris, with clay sub-soils.
AGE OF VINES: 30-50 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Pressed full cluster; fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged on ne lees in tank.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas suggest honeysuckle, crushed stones, white pepper. Complex and tangy; avors of lime, pear, fresh herbs.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; with classic Savoie dishes such as fondue or raclette; grilled chicken or white meat
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