Origin – France – Savoie
Producer – Domaine Philippe et Sylvain Ravier
Closure – Cork
Style – Medium | Dry | Savoury
Organic Status – Sustainable Certified
Allergens – Contains Sulphites
Vegetarian / Vegan – Vegan
Grape Variety – 100% Jacquere
Ravier has been in the family for generations and is currently run by Philippe and his son Sylvain who joined him in 2004. They produce 21 different cuvées from their 35 hectares spread over four very distinct terroirs a few kilometres south of Chambéry in the French alps, including vineyards in the superb Chignan appellation. They carry high environmental value certification, with the vineyards meticulously hand cared for, and winery interventions kept to a minimum. Whilst much Savoie wine is produced for an undemanding local market in the resorts of the Alps, Ravier is amongst a growing band of growers wholly dedicated to quality and showing what is capable in these high vineyards, with wines of intense fruit and crystalline purity.
After careful sorting, the vat is filled using the gravity flow method. Then comes the pressing process. The must is protected from the air which is removed from the vat with a CO2 extractor. This protects the must from oxidation. The juice is then subject to cold stabilisation at around 2°C from 36 to 48 hours. Later begins the settling process. The fermentation process lasts for approximately one month. Once fermentation has taken place, the wine is tasted and the lees are lightly stirred back into the wine (the process of bâtonnage). The wine is aged for a period of 3 to 6 months.
A complex wine of honeysuckle mandarin and redcurrant with hints of peppermint. There is a lightness and intensity to the palate with a slippery saline finish.
Fantastic with chicken and chanterelle mushroom sauce.