Mountain wine! The dedication of the Quenards to their terroir is evident from merely standing in it – because it’s very difficult to stand in. The Coteau de Torméry, upon which their vineyards are planted, is the kind of hill that requires a switchback road to descend, a slope of steep limestone scree shed by the foothills of the Alps above. Perfectly exposed south, with a slight tilt to the southwest, it absorbs the Alpine sunlight throughout the day and returns its heat throughout the night, allowing for slow, even ripening, while the cool of the high-altitude nights keeps the acidity of the Jacquère fresh. Working and harvesting entirely by hand, the Quenards farm it sustainably, limiting yields by green harvest (a midsummer thinning of less promising bunches) and a severe selection after harvest to ensure that only the best grapes go into their wines. The result is a pure, clean, focused wine with a light gold robe and nose of white flowers and yellow fruit. Sur lie aging adds texture and richness to the natural high acid of Jacquère. Light-bodied and low in alcohol (11%), it lacks nothing in fullness, showing apple, pear, and light apricot fruit with touches of lemon and kiwi and a tingly mineral presence.
Pairing: Pair it with sautéed tilapia, cheese fondue (that’s what they do in Savoie), or quiche Lorraine.
REGION: Savoie, FRANCE