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2020 ROUSSETTE DE SAVOIE, Domaine Vendange. Eastern France

Bin:  200

Alcohol percentage:  13%



As explained by Richard Kelley MW:
“Located in the foothills of the Alps, the Savoie represents one of the last, great undiscovered wine regions of France. The vineyards are widely dispersed, small communities, clustered together in the narrow alpine valleys. There are 29 communes located between the south shore of Lac Léman and the river Isère to the south-east of the region.
Historically, the white wines have always been stronger than the reds, with 80% of the entire production of the Savoie being sold within the region – to a generally undiscerning public – but neighbouring Jura has gained increasing international recognition and here things are also starting to change. Savoie’s predominantly white production and lighter reds, offer a fresh, fruity style, often with lower alcohol levels.
As one would expect with mountain wines, the geology is complex with the best wines generally grown on slopes on limestone soils. Vineyards represent just 2% of the region’s agricultural output. It gained appellation status in 1973 and there are currently 1,744 ha under vine, of which 70% are white grapes. The generic Savoie appellation allows for 16 different communes to annex their name to the Vin de Savoie label.”

Grape variety:

100% Altesse, matured for a year on its lees in tank, with 5% kept in old Burgundy barrels.


Diane and Benjamin Vendange have 10 hectares of vines on south facing slopes in Combe de Savoie, in the foothills of the Massif des Bauges, at 400m.

Old Bridge rating:

Richer than most Savoie whites but still retaining that mountain freshness and delicacy. This is fine wine in an under-stated style.


£16.82 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£15.93 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles