Vin de Savoie Les Grandes Jorasses Domaine Belluard Information
About the domain
In the village of Ayse, in the heart of the Arve valley, a vineyard spreads over extremely steep slopes. The Belluard domaine cultivates the distinctive Gringet variety on 10 of its 22 hectares of land. Dominique Belluard chose to convert to biodynamic farming in 2001, which has contributed to his wines’ growing recognition. He produces exacting, wonderfully elegant wines. The old vintages of the Le Feu cuvée are true gems.
About the cuvée
Dominique Belluard uses the native grape variety Altesse, otherwise known as Roussette de Savoie, to produce this cuvée. Grandes Jorasses is named after one of the famous mountain trails of the Mont Blanc. It undergoes a long fermentation process (over four months) and the grapes are picked by hand. This cuvée is fruit forward and round with light sucrosity, characteristics so typical of the Altesse variety.
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.