We are proud to be farmers, working the earth to share our wine.
Our savoyard vineyards were created and developped by livestock farmers and vignerons. In this tradition, it's all about observing and understanding the terroir and acting based on the good sense of the farmer; good wine is made with hard work and good grapes.
Why "les Côtes Rousses"?
The first leased vines are found in a place called "Champ Roux" (Red Field), named for its red clay soil. This red reappears on our hills at harvest time with the effect of the sun and the changing season.
A vineyard in the hills
Our hills are exposed to the south and benefit from a micro-climate. Alongside the Bauges mountain range, there are cicadas and truffles among the maple, juniper, and almond trees... In a sense, these are patches of wild scrubland in the middle of the Alps.
We have 5 acres leased on these mountain "terroirs" in the community of Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte, with 1 acre of Mondeuse and the rest Jacuère. The vines are between 350 and 520 meters (1,000 to 1,700 feet) elevation.
Half an acre of Bergeron (Roussane) was planted in 2014 among fallen rocks of limestone at Montmélian. Additional plots of Mondeuse and Roussette are lined up for Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte and Monthoux in 2015.
A bit of history
The Romans, who invaded Gaul by crossing the Alps, found the red grape variety vitis allobrogica in 121 B.C. among the Allobroges (Gauls who inhabited modern-day Savoie), this variety is the likely predecessor of Mondeuse Noire.
More recently, my grandparents, pastoral vignerons in the Bauges, had already identified these hills as favorable for wine grapes.
To learn more about the history of Savoyard vineyards:
Le côteau de la Mort, renowned since the Middle Ages and developped by the Benedictine monks of Saint-Philippe, is no longer an area of focus and is largely undeveloped. Convinced of this area's potential by the wines of Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte, we aim to show it's true value with our planting of Mondeuse in 2015. Today, we already have an acre of Jacquère in production there.
To learn more about the history of the Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte vineyards: