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Fizzy dry white wine from the Alpine region of Savoy, with notes of green apple skins, pears, honey and hints of mushrooms. Belluard is an organic farmer that practices polyculture and is a champion of native Savoyard varietals, such as the Gringet used in this sparkler. He is the only commercial producer of the grape, though when it does appear it is most commonly as a bubbly wine like this. Non-vintaged, showing both youthful fruit and savory aged notes. Absolutely stunning.
From the mouth of the importer (Selection Massale):
"Dominique Belluard, Dom to his friends, has worked his family’s domaine in Ayse since 1988. When Dom took over, the domaine was in polyculture, with dairy cows, apples, and other crops in addition to grapes. Dom is very much a farmer, but he wanted to focus his energies on being a vigneron, so he increased the vineyard plantings. He was particularly drawn to Gringet, a white variety found only in Ayse that was nearly extinct. A few local growers sold grapes to the co-op for sparkling wine, but there were no efforts to make fine wine or vins de garde from Gringet. Dom expanded his family’s plantings through selection massale and has spent the past couple decades becoming the master of Gringet and showing the world its potential in Ayze’s terroir."