Region: Savoie, FRA
Dominique Belluard is well known for making clean, elegant, expressive white wine from the rare Gringet grape. However, he is constantly restless and has a deep, enquiring mind which makes him seek new challenges and explore new (old?) techniques in winemaking. He also has a small parcel of the red Mondeuse grape variety in his Ayse vineyards.
Although he used to make this wine in amphora, this vintage he has changed back to his beloved concrete eggs which stand about 8 feet high. The grapes are hand-picked and 70% of the harvest was destemmed and the remainder whole bunch. It was left on skins for five weeks, which is a long time, but the results show that it was a good call by Dominique. This wine is silky and supple with a beautiful mouthfeel. However, the total allocation for Australia of this vibrant wine is only 24 bottles, so first-come, first-served for this one. - Notes from the importer, Living Wines