Alpine France - Organic Wines
Organic wines mean wine produced with grape grown organically thus without addition of industrial pesticides or herbicides in order to respect nature. No manufactured chemical products will be used and winegrowers need to find alternative solutions such as spraying orange essential oil to repel certain insects, using diversion tactics. It takes more time to care about an organic vineyard as, for example, many actions need to be done manually in order to preserve life in soil and not compact them with a heavy machine going between the rows.
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.
Chignin-Bergeron Coulée de Proserpine Denis / Didier BerthollierApricot and peach, honey and a hint of smoke.
Rouge de Savoie Persan Domaine St-GermainWild and wonderful Persan
Roussette de Savoie Altesse Domaine St-GermainA mineral Altesse
Chignin-Bergeron St Anthelme Denis / Didier BerthollierSuperb oaked Roussanne with Alpine freshness
Mondeuse "Les Taillis" Rouge de Savoie Domaine St-GermainSuperb Mondeuse showing the fruit and the wild side of Mondeuse.