Alpine France - Cement cuves
Cement tanks with enamel coating were once very common, but went out of fashion in favour of steel and plastic composite tanks. They're still widely found in traditional cellars in Beaujolais and Switzerland but until recently people did not put them in new cellars. They are coming back in fashion for their thermal insulator effect, for "low intervention" winemaking.
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.
Julienas Vieilles Vignes Domaine MatrayA more complex Juliénas. Fantastic Gamay
Chiroubles Chatenay Domaine Lathuilière-GravallonAfter 2 years with almost no harvest, Chiroubles is back
Juliénas Domaine MatrayA splendid unoaked Juliénas from Matray.
Beaujolais Villages Rouge Tradition Vincent LacondemineIf you've enjoyed Vincent's Nouveau, you owe it to yourself to try this one too.
Morgon Corcelette Domaine Lathuilière-GravallonClassic Morgon.