If Day Three celebrated one of the most famous wines in the world, we trumpet the opposite on Day Four. An obscure grape grown in the shadow of Mont Blanc, this white wine has become a 'sommelier sensation.' A wine, when first tasted, made my pupils dilate and the hair on my neck stand straight up! Like drinking ice cold water from a fresh mountain stream.
Each day from December 13th-23rd, I will share one wine that is sure to shine bright this holiday season. CHEERS!
DAY 3: Domaine Belluard
Dominique Belluard farms his vineyards biodynamically in the tiny village of Ayse, at the foot of the French Alps. On exceedingly steep, rocky terrain the Gringet (GRAN-jay) grapevariety has been grown since the 14th or 15th century but had nearly gone extinct before Belluard began cultivating it; establishing himself as the only winemaker currently bottling Gringet commercially. According to Master of Wine Jancis Robinson "(as of 2008), there are 64 acres of Gringet in the world, and of those, 54 belong to Dominique".
A fellow wine professional once described Belluard's Gringet as "A combination of a beautiful babbling mountain stream mixed with shards of mineral-slathered stalactites."
Domaine Belluard 'Les Alps' Vin de Savoie 2017
'Les Alpes' is a blend of two parcels: one close to Dominique's home on marl soils and the other rich in limestone. The wine is fermented and aged in concrete before it is blended in tank and bottled with minimal sulfur.
Pretty mountain flowers, ripe and tangy pineapple combine with faint notes of orange blossom on the nose. The palate is textured with salty stones and tart acidity which showcases the ripe flavors of tropical fruit and fresh herbs. As pure as the driven snow.