La Cave du Prieuré Jacquère | 2019
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The Barlet Family has cultivated the limestone slopes of Jongieux for 5 generations. Brothers Pascal, Noël and Julien now manage the estate under the oversight of their father, vigneron emeritus, Raymond. Over time, the family has acquired 20 hectares across the crus of Jongieux and Marestel. These villages are situated in an isolated, hanging valley north of Chambéry, one ridge over from the glacially carved Lac de Bourget. The elevation is nearly 400 meters above sea level. Here, the native varieties are brought to ripeness by virtue of the steep, southern exposition of the vineyards and the protection against cold alpine air provided by Mont Charvaz. The brothers Barlet adhere to tradition when working the vines. Despite the estate’s relatively large holdings (for Savoie standards), all vineyard work is done by hand. Labor is by local villagers and family at above standard pay. Fermentations are all done in stainless steel using ambient yeasts. A large proportion of whole clusters is utilized for the reds. These are quintessentially Alpine wines — full of mountain herbs and charged with freshness brought on by steep slopes and high elevations.
- Native ferment in stainless, no malolactic.
- 25+ year old vines.
- Bottled with ever so slight CO2 to enhance the light, mineral driven style of Jacquere.
- Around 1800 cases made.
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