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Gringet Les Alpes Belluard 2016

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One Line Description Gringet Les Alpes Belluard, a rare grape, biodynamic production, pure mountain air and terroir, a recipe for delicious white wine.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Savoie, France
Producer Domaine Belluard
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Gringet
Alcohol 12% abv
Terroir Glacial sediments, moraines (continuous linear deposits of rock and gravel)
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years easy
Production Detail Fermented and aged in cement ovoid betons, the liquid inside in biodynamic suspension!
Natural Features Vegan


Gringet Les Alpes Belluard, rare grape, biodynamic production, pure mountain air and terroir, a recipe for delicious white wine. Gringet is the grape and the terroir is glacial sediments and moraines (rocks basically) on the foothills of Mont Blanc. The nose has subtle notes of orchard fruits and fresh mountain due. The palate is dry, soft and round with mid acidity and body, riper fruits like peach come through but with a depth of minerality which cleanses the mouth and lingers on the finish. This wine tastes of mountain rocks and streams, it is surprising, unconventional and delicious!

The village of Ayze is a little commune in the Haute–Savoie situated in the heart of the valley of the Arve between Geneva and Chamonix Mont-Blanc. The vineyards have been established here since the 13th century. The vines are 450m high on exposed south-facing slopes where the soil is composed of glacial sediments, moraines (continuous linear deposits of rock and gravel). The Alpine climate ensures a big temperature difference between day and night, ensuring both physiological maturity in the grapes as well as good acidity. Patrick and Dominique Belluard make use of the virtually unique ancient grape Gringet said to be related to the Savagnin grape of Jura. Also called Petite Roussette and said to be part of the Traminer family, other research suggests that it was brought back by monks, returning from Cyprus in the 13th century. Wilful obscurantism apart this is a wine that expresses a lungful of mountain air, heck, it’s as glacial as a Hitchcock heroine, with exuberant acidity that skates across the tongue and performs a triple salchow on your gums. No malolactic fermentation – the fruit is beacon-bright, crystalline and the acidity sings. Aromas of white flowers and jasmine, citrus-edged with a hint of white peach, violet and a twist of aniseed to finish. The brilliance of the acidity provides a profound palatal expergefaction (you heard it here first). These are wines sans maquillage. In 2001 the vineyards started undergoing a total conversion to biodynamic viticulture. Now the wines are natural. Belluard have run through the gamut of fermentation vessels. Now all wines other than amphora Gringet are fermented and aged in cement ovoid betons, the liquid inside in biodynamic suspension. Le Feu is from late maturing old vine Gringet grapes on steep slopes – the “hot spot” of the vineyard. White peaches, wild mint, minerals.


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    Andy Barker25/11/2016

    Gringet, a quirky, cool, v. rare floral Savoie variety first documented in 1766. Belluard is one of the only producers of a varietal example in the world!

    Pale lemon. Aromatic (alike Alsace Pinot Gris) w. peach stone,bruised apple & pear, lemon blossom & orange peel. Youthful. Fresh, field flowers & a touch of mango. Mineral, elegant, steely. Mountain air! Dry, high acid, m(-) body w. delicate lemon/lime, green apple, pear,white flowers, med alc. & a m+ finish. There's class on display here!

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