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
Morgon Cuvée Prémium (Corcelette) Domaine Lathuilière-GravallonClassic Morgon.
Beaujolais Villages Rosé "Vol De L'Hirondelle" Jérome LacondemineGamay is one of my firm favourites for rosé - this is why
Beaujolais Villages Domaine de la MillerancheLovely crunchy Villages
Juliénas Domaine de la MillerancheLovely classic style cru