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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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. Noël Dupasquier is an understated man with a twinkle in his eye who has earned a very high reputation for his estate. His son David has recently joined him in 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 Madame Dupasquier will make you very welcome if her husband is not there.
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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