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Domaine Belluard HeartHeart
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Sue Dyson And Roger McShane
Country: France

Domaine Belluard is one of the leading biodynamic producers in the Savoie. The vineyards of this region lie high in the mountains and are not very far from the famous ski fields of the beautiful village of Chamonix.
Dominique Belluard is the custodian of nearly all the remaining vines of the very rare Gringet grape - a white grape that makes elegant, complex still and sparkling wines. There are only 22 hectares left on the planet and 12 of them are in the Belluard vineyards.
He also has plantings of Altesse another rare white grape that is native to this region and also a small area of Mondeuse from which he makes the most extraordinary red wine.
This domaine practices organic viniculture, uses no pesticides or herbicides in the vineyard and no nasty additives in the winemaking process. The grapes are fermented using only the naturally occurring yeasts.
Recently, Dominique Belluard has started to convert to the use of concrete 'eggs' to ferment the wine. He likes the fact that concrete 'breathes' and the shape of the egg allows for more natural circulation during fermentation.
The Ayse Brut and the Mont Blanc Brut Zéro are gorgeous sparkling wines with fine beads and a creamy texture made from the Gringet grape. The Le Feu is a still wine from the same grape that is complex and elegant. Another interesting wine is the Grandes Jorasses made from the Altesse grape.
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