Jean-Yves Peron is now a household name in the natural wine stratosphere. Savoie born and raised, he completed his winemaking studies in Bordeaux before working with Cornas superstar Thierry Allemand and Bruno Scheuler in Alsace, both of whom he considers mentors.
He returned to the Savoie in 2004 , making wine from the Schist riddled vineyards of Chevaline at an altitude between 250-550m above sea level. The slopes are so steep in this mountainous region that the daily work is more akin to mountain climbing than winemaking . Nevertheless, it's worth every backache to work with vines more that are more than 100 years old!
While Jean-Yves works organically and biodynamically he doesn’t see the need for any certification, preferring to let the wine speak for itself. The estate is divided into several micro-parcels containing Mondeuse, Jacquère, Altesse, and Roussanne.
The reds are a masterclass in carbonic fermentation whilst the whites all see extended skin contact for complexity and longevity. These are utterly enthralling wines that never last long, get climbing!