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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The tasting room amongst the foudres. ©Domaine Dupasquier

Domaine Dupasquier

Address: Aimavigne, 73170 Jongieux
Tel: 04 79 44 02 23  Fax: 04 79 44 03 56
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:44:28N (45.74106)    Longitude: 5:47:51E (5.79762) 

The hamlet of Aimavigne (an ancient corruption of ‘aimer la vigne’ or love the vine) lies directly below the spectacular steep, south-facing vineyard and cru of Marestel. Until recently, it was run by Noël Dupasquier, an understated man with a twinkle in his eye who has earned a very high reputation for the estate and in retirement helps out his son and daughter. David and Véronique provide perfect continuity in taking over running this ultra-traditional domaine. All the wines are matured for at least a few months in large old oak barrels (foudres) and each vintage is released a year later than wines from the other local growers. In a distinctive extra-tall bottle, the star of the range is the dry and minerally Marestel, and the Roussette de Savoie is nearly as good. The wines demand food more than others in this area. Amongst the reds, I have always enjoyed their Pinot Noir, which benefits from its time in foudre. The Marestel is built to age for 25 years, and older vintages are available in several good local restaurants – you can sometimes buy an older vintage at the domaine if you ask nicely. The tasting room and ageing cellars below the house fit with the traditional image of the domaine – it’s a great place to visit and Véronique or Madame Dupasquier, Noël's wife will make you very welcome.

Useful information: Open 1 May - 31 August Monday-Saturday 10.00–12.00 and 15.00-19.00. Rest of year, open same hours Friday-Saturday, otherwise by appointment. Appointment needed for groups or to be sure of meeting Noël Dupasquier.


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