The Savoie is an alpine region located next to the swiss border. Vine growing can be traced to pre-Roman times when the Celtic-Allobroges cultivated vines which were trained to grow on tree trunks in the area. In the 20th century most of the wine produced there was consumed locally and hardly any was exported. However, the region has experienced a renaissance in the last 30 years. The wines of Domaine des Ardoisières are a prime example. They are some of the most in-demand and hard to come by wins of the region and we are excited to share them. The Domaine’s lands were originally planted to grapes during Roman times, but in the intervening years they were forgotten and became overgrown with forest. A passionate group of supporters cleared the vineyard in 1998 and began piecing the steep terraces back together to create Domaine des Ardoisières. The Domaine’s 17 acres of vineyards are planted on steep, rocky slopes high above the town of Freterive. The Domaine has employed biodynamic principles in the vineyard since the vines were planted. Drinking these wines from the side of Mont Blanc is like tasting freshly squeezed juice running off a glacier.
A blend of Jaquère (40%) / Roussane (30%) / Malvasia (20%) / and Mondeuse Blanche (10%), this comes from schistous soils, another soil type that helps to retain heat in this Alpine region.