Améthyste is the top red cuvée at Domaine des Ardoisières, made from the steep monopole (100% domaine owned vineyard) of Cevins. An incredibly steep slope (up to 60%, like Côte-Rotie), with a full southern exposure and soil of schist and mica schist yielding on avarage only 20hl/ha.
This is the pinnacle of Savoie winemaking, where day temperatures reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in the vineyards while the nights are cold under the influence of the Alps. Resulting in lower alcohol wines with an inherent mountain-streamlike freshness.
Améthyste is made from a blend of two native grape varieties: 60% Persan and 40% Mondeuse Noire, grown biodynamically. The grapes have been whole bunch fermented on their native yeasts and then fermented for 12-18 months on 2-10 year old barrels.
Stylistically, the wine is perhaps most similar to the wines at Côte-Rotie, but then with it's Savoie freshness and lightness (12% alc). A mineral raspberry fruit tone with a peppery and saline finish. Enjoy between now and 2035.
A wine region that's housed in a corner of France along the Swiss border and is more known for skiing than wine and is dominated by the view of the Mont Blanc. However, the vines in the area are growing in a much lower area. Like the Jura, it's a recently 'discovered' area with unique viticulture and it's own set of native grape varieties.
Domaine des Ardoisières
Brice Omont is making natural wines on the steep, Alpina slopes of the Savoie. Using native grape varieties such as Jacquère, Mondeuse, Persan and others. The wines are vinified on their natural yeasts from biodynamic vineyards and are among the most sought-after wines of the region. Read more about Domaine des Ardoisières in our winemaker portfolio here.
Domaine des Ardoisières - Améthyste 2018
60% Persan, 40% Mondeuse Noire