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Vin de Savoie wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Vin de Savoie is a broad wine appellation in the Savoie region of France covering a range of wines and a range of sub-appellations including many cru appellations as well as a Mousseux and a tiny Petillant appellation. The appellation is distinguished by the wide variety of grapes rarely found in other parts of France (Altesse, Jacquere, Verdesse and Gringet for example).
Many of the vineyards are to be found in the beautiful valley that surrounds the Lac du Bourget which lies a short distance to the south-west of Geneva with some additional areas producing some very good wines around the communes of Apremont and Chignin which lie to the south of the town of Chambery.
The region is especially well-known for the crisp white wines that are produced from a variety of lesser-known grape varieties. However, red wines, roses and sparkling wines are also produced.
The white wines are made primarily from Aligote, Altesse (Roussette), Jacquere, Chardonnay, Veltliner and Mondeuse Blanche. In the Haute-Savoie, Roussette d'Ayze, Gringet (local name for Savagnin) and Chasselas are permitted as secondary grape varieties and in Isere, Marsanne and Verdesse can also be used in small quantities. Molette is permitted for sparkling wines in the Haute-Savoie.
Red wines are made from three principal grapes, namely Gamay, Mondeuse and Pinot Noir. Other varieties are permitted in small quantities including Persan, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Etraire de la Dui, Servanin and Joubertin.
There are a number of very small cru sub-appellations covering usually one, two or three communes. They are Abymes, Apremont, Arbin (where good reds made from Mondeuse are produced), Ayze, Chautagne, Chignin, Chignin-Bergeron (where the wines are made from Roussanne, known locally as Bergeron), Cruet, Jongieux, Marignan (whites made only from Chasselas), Marin (whites made only from Chasselas), Montmélian, Ripaille (whites made only from Chasselas), Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte and Saint-Jeoire-Prieuré.
There is also a very nice petillant (sparkling) wine made here. Look for the one produced by Andre and Michel Quenard.
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