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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Fréterive is a sleepy village famous for vine nurseries (pépinières) and the Grisards run their wine producing business side-by-side with propagating/grafting and selling baby vines all over France and sometimes beyond. The quality here has steadily improved and this is, by Savoie standards, a sizeable domaine. The interest here lies partly in Mondeuse from vineyards from the cru St-Jean de la Porte and partly in wines from unusual speciality varieties especially the flowery, dry Mondeuse Blanche and the deep Persan red. A pleasant tasting room can accept groups and you can ask for a quick visit to the cellars, which are worth a look – don’t forget to look across at the steep mountain above when you are outside the tasting room. Note that this is a completely separate domaine from that of their more famous brother Michel whose limited-production Domaine Prieuré St-Christophe is up the hill (wines available at Syrah & Co - see 'Wine Shops' or at good restaurants such as Atmosphères).
Useful information: Open Monday-Saturday. Closed 12.00–14.00 and Sundays. No appointment necessary. A little English spoken.
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