Jean Vullien Roussette de Savoie 2013
Wine: Domaine Jean Vullien
Region: Roussette de Savoie
Vines: Lutte Raisonnée/Sustainable
In France's Savoie (or Savoy) region, abutting Switzerland and Italy, vacationers favor the mountainous terrain for winter skiing and summer outdoor activities. Tucked in and around the foothills of the Alps, are vineyards planted to native varieties altesse, jacquère and mondeuse, as well as roussanne, some chardonnay, gamay and pinot noir. The first three are the area's foremost production and pride, but the altesse is the gem in this cuvée. Roussette de Savoie is the appellation but altesse is always the grape, which takes on a blush color when fully ripe, hence its nickname roussette, derived from rouge, the French word for red.
Jean Vullien and his two sons, David and Olivier, farm their nearly 70 acre estate planted with all the aforementioned varieties on Jurassic limestone and black marl with pebbled limestone on the surface. They practice the French art of lutte raisonnée, best translated as sustainable practices, and manually harvest their mostly bush trained, low to the ground vines. The altesse is fermented in stainless steel tank, then undergoes a second malolactic fermentation, which adds some of the body and richness to this otherwise light, bright wine.
Domaine Jean Vullien Roussette de Savoie 2013 is yellow-gold in color with cream and butter on the nose alongside aromas of orchard fruit. Very dry on the palate with stoney notes and green apple, a medium-rich body and lovely texture blending roundness with crunch. SO amazing with a double cream, gooey cheese. This could easily stand in for a Bourgogne Blanc or medium-bodied chardonnay.