Savoie and Bugey

Savoie and Bugey

André & Michel Quenard - Chignin Les Cristallins 2023 – Sku: 379723 – 41
André and Michel Quenard
2023
Savoy wine Chignin PDO
€9.90
André et Michel Quenard - Chignin "Vieilles Vignes 1930" 2023 – Sku: 380523 – 54
André and Michel Quenard
2023
Savoy wine Chignin PDO
€11.00
André et Michel Quenard - Rosé Sous le Roc 2022 – Sku: 381422 – 2
André and Michel Quenard
2022
Savoy PDO wine
€11.00
COUP DE COEUR
Dupasquier - Roussette de Savoie Altesse 2019 – Sku: 375919 – 49
Dupasquier
2019
Roussette-de-Savoie PDO
€11.90
COUP DE COEUR
Bio
Giachino - Monfarina 2023 – Sku: 369923 – 30
Giachino
2023
Savoy PDO wine
€14.50
André et Michel Quenard - Crémant de Savoie – Sku: 3825 – 7
André and Michel Quenard
Crémant-de-Savoie PDO
€14.50
Nouveau
COUP DE COEUR
-12%
Dupasquier - Roussette de Savoie Marestel 2019 – Sku: 376219 – 170
Dupasquier
2019
Roussette-de-Savoie PDO
Special Price €14.90 Regular Price €16.90
COUP DE COEUR
Bio
Giachino - Monfarina 2022 – Sku: 369922 – 5
Giachino
2022
Savoy PDO wine
€14.90
COUP DE COEUR
Bio
Renardat Fache - Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale 2023 – Sku: 392523 – 89
Renardat Fache
2023
Bugey AOP
€15.50
COUP DE COEUR
André et Michel Quenard - Arbin Mondeuse Terres Brunes 2023 – Sku: 391223 – 9
André and Michel Quenard
2023
Savoy PDO wine
€16.90
COUP DE COEUR
Bio
Cerdon Bartucci - Méthode Ancestrale L2023 – Sku: 392123 – 517
Raphaël Bartucci
Bugey AOP
€16.90
Jean Masson & Fils - Apremont Lisa 2023 – Sku: 373023 – 36
Jean Masson & Son
2023
Apremont PDO
€16.90
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Savoie and Bugey, two vineyards to discover

These are two vineyards in eastern France that are gradually emerging from anonymity thanks to white wines that are constantly improving and surprising. If the vineyards of Savoie have been gaining in popularity for several years, in particular thanks to their finest Mondeuse and Chignon-Bergeron, those of Bugey are still relatively confidential. Geographically close, but also by some of their soils, these two vineyards are often brought under the same banner. We suggest you discover them.

General presentation of the Savoie-Bugey vineyards

Vineyards of Savoie

At the foot of the French Alps, the Savoie vineyard covers some 2,200 hectares spread over Savoie and Haute-Savoie, as well as Ain and Isère. It is made up of a multitude of islands, mainly concentrated in Savoie. The vineyard extends from Thonon-les-Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva to the Isère and the region south of Chambéry. The Savoie vineyard follows the Rhône, makes an incursion into the Ain, passes through the Lac du Bourget to reach the Isère and the Arc. It also makes a few detours into Haute-Savoie to blossom in the Arve Valley.

The vineyards of Savoie produce mainly white wines. However, there are also red Savoy wines, rosés and sparkling wines. Five white grape varieties make the identity of local wines: jacquère, roussette (also called altesse), chasselas, gringet and bergeron (or roussanne). In reds, the leading grape varieties are Mondeuse, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Persian. Mondeuse, malvoisie and molette are sought-after and appreciated Savoyard grape varieties.

Bugey vineyard

This vineyard is located in a small region of the Ain in the heart of a triangle formed by the cities of Lyon, Bourg-en-Bresse and Chambéry: the Bugey. Like the vineyards of Savoie, it is also quite scattered. Its 900 hectares are grouped in clusters around the three main areas of the region: Belley in the south, Cerdon in the north and Montagnieu in the centre.

Bugey is situated between the vineyards of the Jura and Savoie, a proximity that is reflected in some of its grape varieties: the Poulsard from the Jura and the Altesse (Roussette) from Savoie. Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Mondeuse are grown alongside them. Red and white wines make up most of the production, to which must be added sparkling wines, including Cerdon sparkling wine.

The appellations

The Savoie-Bugey vineyards have several appellations d'origine contrôlée to which a geographical name may be added.

Wines of Savoie

The Savoyard AOCs concern mainly white wines:

  • AOC Vin de Savoie: it represents more than 80% of the total production. It is produced from one end of the vineyard to the other, from Lake Geneva in the north to the banks of the Isère in the south.
  • AOC Roussette de Savoie: these AOC wines are produced from the region's flagship grape variety, altesse, also known as roussette. It is towards the Bourget that this AOC is mainly produced, in Monthoux and Marestel. Further north, around Frangy, we also find this AOC.
  • AOC Seyssel: this appellation is shared with the Bugey vineyard. It extends indeed on the two banks of the Rhône, on the communes of Seyssel and Corbonod. It uses the Altesse and Molette grape varieties.
  • AOC Crémant de Savoie: it is produced on all the vineyard (except Seyssel and Ayze).
  • The Savoie vineyard also has 20 geographical denominations which "enrich" the AOC Savoie:
  • In Haute-Savoie: Ayse, Crépy, Marignan, Ripaille, Marin, Frangy, Seyssel
  • In Savoie: Chautagne, Marestel, Jongieux, Monthoux, Monterminod, Saint-Jeoire-du-Prieuré, Apremont, les Abîmes, Chignin, Chignin Bergeron, Montmélian, Arbin, Cruet, Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte

Wines of Bugey

The Bugey vineyards are the source of 3 AOCs and 5 geographical denominations:

  • AOC Bugey, which includes the appellations AOC Bugey Cerdon (sparkling rosé), AOC Bugey Manicle (pinot noir and chardonnay) and AOC Bugey Montagnieu (mondeuse noire for red wine; altesse, chardonnay and mondeuse for sparkling wine). These wines are very diverse: sparkling, red, white and rosé.
  • AOC Roussette du Bugey, an appellation with 2 denominations, namely Roussette de Bugey Montagnieu AOC (altesse) and Roussette de Bugey Virieu-le-Grand AOC (altesse).
  • AOC Seyssel, an appellation shared with the Savoy vineyards.

Le vignoble

André and Michel Quénard

Guillaume Quénard is now the leader of the estate. He is beginning to make his mark with more straightforward, fine wines of superb balance.

Belluard

The Domaine Belluard now covers some twenty hectares at an altitude of 450 metres and is cultivated on very steep slopes. The soils are very varied and bring all the richness to these biodynamically cultivated wines (since 2001), red ferruginous clays alongside limestone scree, glacial sediments...

Domaine des Ardoisières

Brice Omont and his rare and great Coteaux de Cevins...

Dupasquier

"Located near Jongieux in the picturesque village of Aimavigne, at the foot of the vertiginous Marestel hillside, the Dupasquier family has been cultivating their vines for five generations with good reason (grassing down, no synthetic products). (...) The Roussette Marestel is the great wine of the estate, capable of improving over 30 to 40 years of ageing in good vintages with an astonishing diversity of flavours, without losing its freshness. With a little rebalancing, the estate could quickly climb up our hierarchy..."

Giachino

The vineyard of the brothers David and Frédéric, the Giac brothers as they are known, is made up of about ten hectares overlooking the Isère valley.

Gilles Berlioz

The Chignin Bergeron artist...

Jean Masson & Son

"Jean-Claude Masson est incontestablement le chantre de la jacquère. Fort d'une tradition familiale bien ancrée au Reposoir, merveilleuse banquette faisant face au massif des Bauges, au cœur du vignoble d'Apremont, il récolte mûr et isole les cuvées selon les terroirs et selon son humeur.

Les Fils de Charles Trosset

The Mondeuse de garde par excellence...

Olivier Bardet

En 2007, Olivier Bardet a entrepris son parcours viticole en reprenant une exploitation de 2,5 hectares. Aujourd'hui, il dirige un vignoble de 5 hectares, situé autour du village de Mérignat, dédié exclusivement à une production : le Cerdon méthode ancestrale.

Raphaël Bartucci

A must of the appellation with a natural Cerdon, greedy and complex at the same time. Ideal with a red fruit crumble.

Renardat Fache

A great reference in Cerdon du Bugey.

Clément Bärtschi