Estate: Frédéric Giachino’s family has been cultivating land on the Grésivaudan Plain and the slopes of Mount Granier for many centuries. In 1988 Frédéric took over the 1.5 hectares of vines from his grandfather, Marius Genton. Growing only local varieties such as Jacquère and Altessse, Frédéric increased the vineyards to 6 hectares, and reintroduced native grapes Persan and Douce Noire.
The slopes of Mount Granier are known for their craggy landscape, the result of a massive rockslide in 1248. The rocky soil is composed of clay and limestone, only vines are deemed suitable for cultivation. Frédéric, along with his brother David have been farming organically and with biodynamic methods since 2006. Their wines are celebrated for expressing the complexity of the region.
Winemaking: Depending on vintage, maceration for 10-20 days. The Gamay is aged in oak vats while the Persan ages on its fine lees.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour, very aromatic, with black cherry, blueberry, fig, summer woods, pink peppercorn and a wisp of cedar. Blueberry, cherry, raspberry, crushed black pepper and flinty minerally are flanked by silky black tea tannins and fresh acidity. Blueberry, black currant, eucalyptus and spice linger on the velvety finish. Round, plush and refined.
50% Persan, 50% Gamay
$25 [average price]