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Alpine France - Cement cuves

Alpine France - Cement cuves

France: You're exploring the French Alps, Savoie, Beaujolais and the Jura wines
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.

You can explore the wines below or read further about Savoie or Beaujolais

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  • Julienas Vieilles Vignes Domaine Matray

    A more complex Juliénas. Fantastic Gamay
  • Chiroubles Chatenay Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    After 2 years with almost no harvest, Chiroubles is back
  • Juliénas Domaine Matray

    A splendid unoaked Juliénas from Matray.
  • Beaujolais Villages Rouge Tradition Vincent Lacondemine

    If you've enjoyed Vincent's Nouveau, you owe it to yourself to try this one too.
  • Morgon Corcelette Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    Classic Morgon.

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