France: Savoie

Around Chambéry and Aix les Bains

Wines from the Combe de Savoie, Mont Granier & Jongieux
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Domaine André et Michel Quenard

Address: Torméry, 73800 Chignin
Tel: 04 79 28 12 75  Fax: 04 79 28 19 36
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:30:55N (45.51518)    Longitude: 6:1:11E (6.01975) 

One of several ‘Quenards’ in Chignin, Michel Quenard has been one of the leading lights of 'running' Savoie for many years. Today, technically retired from the estate, he supports his two sons, Guillaume and Romain to keep the family estate among the best known and respected. Most of the vineyards have a reasonably high average age of the vines and are located near the cellars at the eastern end of the Chignin cru facing slightly west. Not being on such solid rock as those near the famous Chignin towers, they can withstand drought years better, and are noted for the terraces that Michel had constructed in the late 1980s. From here comes his Chignin Bergeron Les Terrasses, usually more concentrated than the basic Chignin Bergeron; several other Bergeron cuvées are also made. The Mondeuse is very deep in colour and flavour, the result of ageing in large oak foudres, something unusual in the area. There’s always a pleasant welcome from Michel's sister or one of the rest of the family in the cosy tasting room, where in winter they sometimes light a wood fire.

Useful information: Open 09.00-11.40 and 13.30-16.30 every day except Sunday. Appointments preferred and essential for visits outside these hours, as well as on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons.


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