Cotes Rousses Ensemble

Cotes Rousses Ensemble

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Grapes: Altesse

Region: Savoie, France

Vintage: 2017

Viticulture: Biodynamic

Soils: Limestone

Yeasts: Native

Vinification: Direct press, then fermented in neutral barrels

Aging: 1 year

Fining or Filtering: None

Notes from the Importer: Nicolas Ferrand is a first generation winemaker who founded his domaine in 2011, naming it for the reddish alpine soils he works.

He currently farms around five hectares of vines in the village of Saint Jean de la Porte planted with Mondeuse, Altesse, and Jacquère. All of the vineyard plots are south-facing at an altitude of 350 to 580 meters. The native herbs and trees on the slopes of the Bauges mountain ranges create a sort of alpine “garrigue.”

The winery and cellar are at a family farm in La Motte-Servolex, using old stables that used to house Nicolas' grandparents' cattle. (The hay hatches have proven useful to working by gravity.) In the cellar, Nicolas is as non-interventionist as possible, using only natural yeasts and old barrels. When racking and bottling, he works according to the biodynamic calendar.

The Altesse Ensemble is 100% Altesse from lakeside vines in Monthoux, at 350 meters altitude on the west side of the mountains. The name is an homage to the many hands involved to launch the first vintage from only 20 rows of vines planted in 2015.

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