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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Louis Magnin

Address: 90 Chemin des Buis, 73800 Arbin
Tel: 04 79 84 12 12  Fax: 04 79 84 40 92
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:30:21N (45.50586)    Longitude: 6:3:51E (6.06407) 

Louis and Béatrice Magnin have only a small domaine, but with some of the best vineyard sites in Montmélian (for Chignin Bergeron) and in Arbin including a plot of over 100 year old Mondeuse vines planted by Louis’ grandfather. Today they run the estate along biodynamic (organic) lines. The Magnins have been known for the high quality of their Mondeuse for 25+ years: today they make four cuvées, the basic Arbin, Tout un Monde, La Brova (aged in fairly new oak barrels) and Le Rouge (aged in large foudres). There are also two excellent Chignin Bergerons, including the amusingly-named (to English-speakers) Grand Orgue, and an oaked Roussette de Savoie. In some years, experimental wines are made in small quantities such as a late harvest wine. The functional tasting room is beneath their house at the bottom of Arbin village near the railway.

Useful information: Best to make an appointment. Virtually no English spoken.


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