Blanc de Savoie "Cuvée des Gueux" 100% Jacquère, Adrien Berlioz 2022
Domaine Adrien Berlioz
Located at the foothills of the Bauges massif, and bordering neighbouring Switzerland and Valle d’Aosta in Italy, the organically farmed vineyards of Domaine Adrien Berlioz in the Savoie region are as picturesque as you might imagine. Adrien took over the family vineyards in 2006, two hectares located near a small village called Chignin at 390m above sea level. With plenty of hard work alongside the pursuit of purity and a certified biodynamic approach to farming, he has grown the vineyard to 5 hectares, transforming it into one of the region’s most prestigious domaines.
The majority of his parcels are located in Chignin, at the base of the limestone escarpments of the Bauges massif, in a beautiful part of the region close to both Albertville and Chambery. He has divided his vineyards into thirteen different parcels, all of which are vinified separately and farmed with different techniques. Typical for the region his vineyards are extremely steep (sometimes 50% inclination), resting on deep clay-limestone soils. Adrien works without any herbicides or inorganic fertilisers, ploughing by horse or by hand to avoid compressing the soil. Tractor work is not possible in many of his vineyards due to their steepness.
The Domaine has been certified organic since 2012 and all of the parcels are cultivated using the most natural means possible. The grape varieties are typical of Savoie: Jacquère, Altesse, Malvasia, Bergeron (roussanne), Mondeuse and Persian, all grown without chemical inputs. In the cellar, Adrien vinifies the wines without sulfur and uses different vessels. The results are evident in the incredible mineral drive, intensity and purity of these wines, sure to leave a lasting impression of just how good Savoie wines can be!
Clay, silty limestone. Rock at 15 cm. South exposure, 25% slope. Harvest by hand, transport of the grapes in boxes. Direct pressing in the shelter of air. Descent to the tank by gravity. Static settling. Departure in spontaneous fermentation by the indigenous yeasts. Aging in tank.
Grape: 100% Jacquère