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."
40% Jacquère, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Mondeuse Blanche, grown on clay soils above schist and ardoise parent rock (a type of hard, black schist native to the region). Fruit comes from vines planted on west facing slopes in the Saint-Pierre-de-Soucy and Apremont areas. Biodynamic farming, Guyot and Cordon Royal training.
Grapes are gently pressed whole cluster, and vinified by native yeasts with no sulfur added until bottling (1 gram per liter). The Chardonnay is fermented and aged in neutral barrels, while the Jacquere and Mondeuse Blanche are fermented and aged in tanks. Malolactic fermentation may partially occur, but it is not prescribed. Bottled with a light filtration after nine months of resting in tank.