France: You're exploring the French Alps, Savoie, Beaujolais and the Jura wines
We often find new excellent winemakers by asking our other winemakers. Philippe Deschamps came highly recommended by Vincent Lacondemine.
Philippe Deschamps owns 6 hectares of vines in the central part of Beaujolais on various sites around Beaujeu, Lantignié, Les Ardillats and Quincié. Of these, one hectare is in the Beaujolais appellation the rest being Beaujolais Villages and Brouilly.
France is the great wine nation - but you won't find Bordeaux or classic Côtes du Rhône here! We head for the foothills of the Alps for far rarer, more interesting bottles.
Beaujolais is the "first hint of the Alps" and the home of fantastic Gamay.
Savoie is in the mountainous areas just south of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and the border with Switzerland all the way to Lyon and the Rhone valley.
It was the first time I have ordered from Alpine Wines and I just wanted to say that I found the unexpected follow-up call a very nice touch. I am also pleased to report that it was the winning wine for our Austrian evening at our very informal wine club!