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Cru Chignin Vieilles Vignes Savoie by Denis & Didier Berthollier 2021

Cru Chignin Vieilles Vignes Savoie

by Denis & Didier Berthollier 2021

Producer : Denis & Didier Berthollier

Region : France (France), Savoie (France)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat

Tasting Notes

"From the brothers Berthollier, Denis and Didier, farmers at the southernmost and steepest slopes of the Savoie hills. A varietal jacquère taken from 50 year-old vines and a most singular white wine at that. Yes the white flowers and stone fruit are there, as is the citrus and vaguely honeyed character. But there is much more, savoury elements of plants wild and edible, subtle musk and pungency and white pepper shakes. Reminds of grüner veltliner in a way, but then seems so different and far away. Fun bit of intrigue and delicious at the end of the day."

93 Points / 5 Star Value - Michael Godel, Wine Align, September 2022


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 93
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Denis & Didier Berthollier
Region France (France), Savoie (France)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Fresh and crisp whites
Vintage 2021
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Jacquere
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Unoaked
Body Light
Price of Case $383.88

The Producer

Denis & Didier Berthollier

The Bertholliers are of strong wine-making tradition: growers, owners and winemakers for several generations. Brothers Denis and Didier cultivate 10 hectares of vines on the southern slopes of the Savoyard in Chignin, located ten kilometers from Chambery. Their great-grandfather, Louis Tissot, founded the farm in 1850.

Their grandfather Marius maintained a mix of farming and livestock, in addition to vines. His daughter Monique then took over and married Alexis Berthollier - Denis and Didier’s father - himself the son of winemaker. They abandoned polyculture to devote their activity fully to the vines. Alexis father, Victor Berthollier, who was winemaker at Aprement, was probably the first winemaker to bottle Savoyard wine for the mass-market in 1970! Denis and Didier harvest, vinify and do the bottling themselves at the domain. They have eliminated the use of insecticides and fungicides in all their vines and ceased the use of weed-killer since 2008, enabling grass to grow in the rocky slope vineyards. They use only naturally occurring, indigenous yeasts and very minimal SO2. Their wines have a pureness and finesse among the best of the Savoy region.


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