Region: Savoie, France
Soils: Clay + Limestone
Vinification: Direct press then fermented in egg-shaped fiberglass vats
Aging: 9 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Notes from the Importer: Adrien Dacquin inherited around 2 hectares of vines from his father and grandfather in 2012. The south facing slope that they sit on is sandwiched between the Massif des Bauges and the Massif de Chartreuse and provides probably the most beautiful view from a vineyard I have come across to date. If you want to read more about the history of Adrien’s terroir he has a full write-up and explanation on his website: (http://domainedacquin.free.fr/Histoire%20et%20terroir.htm). Being a trained geographer who was born in the region, he is really passionate about how the mountains around his vineyards came to formation.
Adrien’s vines are made up of mainly 80 year old Jacquère plants. After this, he farms Chardonnay and Altesse for the whites, as well as Mondeuse, Persan and Douce Noire for the reds. All of these (except the Chardonnay) being typical Savoyard grape varieties. The steep slopes mean that the Adrien farms uniquely by hand, sometimes with the help of a horse when he feels the soil needs to be worked a little.
After years of reputable work in his vineyards, Adrien met Jean-Yves Perron and Patrick Bouju (who both buy Jacquére from Adrien), which subsequently led to his discovery of unsulphured wine. This sparked a curiosity for vinification in Adrien who then decided to vinify a part of his harvest rather than sell it all. Pristine fruit and vinification in egg-shaped fiberglass vats allow Adrien’s wines to clearly express the place that they come from. For me that is really what they do best. They offer a peek into Adrien’s corner of the Savoie