Importer notes from Martine's Wines:
Since 2005, Champagne native Brice Omont has been the winemaker at Ardoisières and is now considered one of France's most exciting producers. The domaine's 17 acres of vineyards are planted on steep, rocky slopes high above the town of Fréterive. Sourced from two single vineyard sites in Cevins and Saint-Pierre-de-Soucy, Ardoisières produces wines using the area's unique varietals, including Altesse, Jacquère, Mondeuse, Gamay, and Persan. The estate has employed biodynamic principles in the vineyard since planting. The reds are produced without any de-stemming. All of the wines are fermented with native yeasts and bottled with light filtration. No sulfur is used during vinification and only one gram at bottling.
Brice's wines are brilliantly unique, capturing the vineyard terraces' stony and mineral character and possessing a remarkable crystalline purity. Drinking these wines from Mont Blanc's side is like tasting freshly squeezed juice running off a glacier."
60% Persan, 40% Mondeuse Noire, grown on loam over nutrient poor and shallow mica schist, farmed biodynamically. Vineyards are planted on steep (up to 60% grade) south facing slopes in the Coteaux de Cevins area. Native fermentation by indigenous yeasts, with a maceration time of 2-3 weeks. Wine is blended and aged for 12 months in neutral oak barrels (2-3 years old) and lightly filtered before bottling.