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What is the primary grape variety used in Vin de Savoie AOC sparkling wine?

Gringet

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What is the climate of Savoie?

Alpine

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What Savoie wine district is known for red wines?

Bouges Mountain/Combe de Savoie

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The Savoie crus of Apremont and Abymes are found in what wine district?

Chambéry

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What is a synonym for Roussane in Savoie?

Bergeron

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What grape varity(ies) is/are used in the Savoie Seyssel AOC?

Still wines must be 100% Altesse, Sparkling wines must include 10% Altesse, and Molette and Chasselas make up the balance

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What grape variety is most associated with the Savoie villages of Arbin and St Jean de la Porte?

Mondeuse Noire

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What styles of wine are made in the Vin de Savoie AOC?

Red, white, rosé or sparkling

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Does Savoie make more red or white wine?

White wine

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What grape variety(ies) is/are used in the Roussette de Savoie AOC?

Altesse

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What grape variety is most associated with the Savoie villages of Crépy, Marignan, Marin and Ripaille?

Chasselas

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What is Savoie's largest wine district?

Chambéry

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What style of wine is most associated with the Savoie village of L'Ayze?

Sparking Vin de Savoie

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What is Savoie's most widely planted grape variety?

Jacquère

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What grape variety is most associated with the Savoie village of Chignin?

Bergeron

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What are the two most important red grapes of Savoie?

Mondeuse Noire and Gamay

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What are the primary grape varieties used in the Crémant de Savoie AOC?

Jacquère and Altesse

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Savoie originally controlled what?

All of the Mountain passes connecting Italy, France and switzerland

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Elevation with short growing season and a rugged terrain...

Chiseled and high acid wines in Savoie

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When the Romans arrived in the Savoie what was the grape vine they encountered?

Vitis Allobrogia (they named it after the tribe of the region). It is believed this grape is what we now know as Mondeuse

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When was the first sign of viticulture in the Savoie?

The 1st Century AD

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Duchy of Savoy

Before modern France and Italy existed the Duchy of Savoy stretched almost completely from
- Lyon to Milan (In Italy)
- Neuchatel in Switzerland to the Mediterranean coast

It controlled the alpine passes needed to travel from one side of the Alps to the other in every direction

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Is much of Savoie wine exported?

No it is consumed mainly by the tourists and locals. Big sky area.

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What is the prodcution of Savoie?

Mainly 2/3rds white. But Climate change has meant that Mondeuse (reds) are starting to gain success. A new AOC of Cremant de Savoie (2016) is also working.

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Where is Savoie?

It is an alpine region. South of the Jura close to the Swiss border

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Typography of Savoie?

Many vineyards are within sight of the French Alps, but most are located on the lower foothills. Some vineyards, however, are extremely steep

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Alpine Climates?

An Alpine Climate has no months exceeds an average temp of 50F/ 10 Celsius

As Altitude increase, temperatures drop and wind picks up.

Growing seasons are short, cool and bookended by frost. Most precipitation falls as snow.

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How many grapes are authorised in the Savoie?

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Jacquere (White)- Savoie

Hardy, high yielding vine

Grapes rarely achieve high sugar levels: most wines are chaptalized

50% of Savoie's vineyard acerage

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Altesse (white)- Savoie

Represents 10% of Savoie's vineyard acreage

Plantings on the rise

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Chasselas (White)- Savoie

Represents 5% of the area under vine

Native to: Lake Geneve area in Switzerland

Only allowed in the Haute Savoie, close to Lake Geneva (in the crus of Crepy, Marignan, Marin and Ripaille)

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Rousanne (White)- Savoie

Known locally as Bergeron

Planted in Chignin and Montmelian

Bottled as the cru Chignin- Bergeron

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Other White Grapes of Savoie

Molette
-Native to Savoie
- Traditionally incorporated into the sparkling wines of Seyssel

Chardonnay
- Authorized in the 1980s
-Currently 3% of the vineyard area

Gringet
- Native to Savoie
- Exclusive to the Cru Village of L'Ayze
- Mainly used for Sparkling Wines

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Mondeuse Noir (Black)- Savoie

- Represents 12% of the area under vine

- Late to ripen, ripens with low sugar levels

- Wines have low alcohol levels (11%), yet manage to be structured with ageing potential

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Gamay- Savoie

12% of the area under vine, but it is declining

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Other Red Grapes of Savoie

Pinot Noir thrives in Savoie, respectable reds of delicacy and finesse. 2% of plantings.

Persan, almost died out but is becoming popular again

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Is there one regional AOC that covers production in the Savoie?

Sure is

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Slopes of Chambery?- Savoie

Largest wine district lies on the slopes south of Chambery

The crus of Apremont and Abymes are here

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Bauges Mountain/ Combe de Savoie

- Surrounding the village of Chignin are the vineyards of the Bauges Mountain Range

- Wrap around the mountain and are contiguous with the vineyards of the combe de Savoie

- The red crus of Arbin and St- Jean de la Porte are found here

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Jongieux- Savoie

West of Lac de Bourget is the growing area of Jongieux

Famous for the Rousette de Savoie, Cru Marestel

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Chautagne- Savoie

North of Lac du Bourget and not far from the Rhone lies Chatagne

It is known for Gamay and other reds

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Seyssel- Savoie

Lie further north still and flanks both banks of the Rhone

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Lac Leman and Environs- Savoie

The cru village of Frangy; a stronghold of Altesse

The cru village of Ayze grow Gringet

Most of the vineyard acreage in this area is dominated by Chasselas, specifically on the hillsides south of Lac Leman

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Vin de Savoie AOC

Encompasses all Savoie vineyards

Any authorised grape may be used to craft red, white and/or sparkling

Single varietal or blends

Varietal wines must comprise 100% of stated grape

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White Vin de Savoie + Village name (or Savoie + village name)

14 villages ('crus') can place there names on the label

Mini. 80% Jacquere: Abymes, Apremont, Chautagne, Chignin, Cruet, Jongieux, Montmelian, St Jeoire Preure

100% Rousanne; Chignan Bergeron

Mainly Gringet: Ayze, Mainly: Chasselas: Crepy, Marignan, Marin and Ripaille

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Red Vin de Savoie + Village Name

5 cru villages can append name to red Vin de Savoie

100% Mondeuse Noire: Arbin, St Jean de la Porte

Any authorised variety: Chautagne, Chignan and Jongieux

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Sparkling Vin de Savoie

Methode traditionnelle (but trying to keep it back to Cremant)

Any approved variety

One Cru Village (L'Ayze" can append name; minimum 70% Gringet

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Rose Vin De Savoie

Grapes can be grown anywhere within the Vin de Savoie AOC

Single varietal or blend

No specific geographical destination may appear on the label

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Cremant de Savoie AOC

Regional traditional method sparkling wine

Blanc only min. 40% Jacquere

Minimum 12 months on lees

All authorised grapes permitted (but no more than 20% red grapes)

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Rousette de Savoie AOC

An independent AOC for a single variety, Altesse

May be grown anywhere within the Vin de Savoie zone of production

Rousette de Savoie + village name: Frangy, Monthoux, Marestel and Monterminod

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Seyssel AOC

Delineated zone of production flanking both banks of the Rhone River

Still Seyssel AOC: 100% Altesse

Sparkling Seyssel AOC: traditonal method Altesse, Molette and Chasselas