Impressively pure Savoie white, with that cut glass sort of clarity we've come to love from great wines of this region. Fresh on the nose with touch of white flowers and lemon, there’s a bit of grass on the attack and a lively finish with hints of quinine and lime. It’s pretty serious for the price, and the wine (in its youth) opens up beautifully over a couple of days. This is a négoce cuvée from Brice Omont. It comes from organically farmed 50-60 year-old vines on limestone scree and clay limestone soils in Apremont, fermented and aged in fibreglass vats for 9 months, and bottled with just 20mg/l of sulphur.
Brice Omont’s 16ha domaine des Ardoisières was originally the project of now-retired grower Michel Grisard (Prieuré St Christophe). Michel took up the idea of a local association Vivre En Tarantaise who were looking for a vigneron to replant abandoned mountain terraces above the village of Cévins. The project entailed creating a company to rent around 400 plots of land from villagers and the local mayor, restore the terraces, stone walls and vineyard cabins – the estate is named after the slate (ardoise) roofs of the cabins and stone walls. A small plot of altesse was planted in 1998 and after significant land clearing involving 250 villagers, more vines were planted in 2000-2002 to reach 5.5ha. The varieties chosen were all local and the vision was to make blends in contrast to the single varietals that were the norm in Savoie. Michel had always planned to find a young vigneron to help with the project and in 2003 he took on Brice, with the two working together until 2010 when Michel stood back leaving Brice to run the estate.