Savoie and Switzerland

2014 Marie Therese Chappaz Petite Arvine la Louye

The mountainous hillsides of Savoie, one of the most visually stunning wine regions in all of France, offer a wonderful and unique variety of aromatic and fresh white wines. Additionally, the terraced Swiss Valais region is featured here. The relative obscurity of these regions among American wine lovers is due to change......i'm doing my part!

Price: $55.00

From lower lying alluvial soils that surfaced as the Rhone river retreated; finer decomposed granite and silt. My first impression was just how hyper pure this wine is. Fairly full bodied, exotic floral and fruit flavors, but with more aggressive mineral drive as well. This is gorgeous. Again, as good of a Petite Arvine "exhibit A" as you could ask for.
The tasting note from Chappaz's website sounds pretty similar to mine (translated from French):
"First rather discrete , the nose opens quickly on passion fruit, pineapple, lychee and a touch of cold smoke. Dense, vinous, tonic, finely salted, completely dry which ends in a sustained manner. An archetypal Petite Arvine!" - Chappaz website
November '15 arrival.

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From lower lying alluvial soils that surfaced as the Rhone river retreated; finer decomposed granite and silt. My first impression was just how hyper pure this wine is. Fairly full bodied, exotic floral and fruit flavors, but with more aggressive mineral drive as well. This is gorgeous. Again, as good of a Petite Arvine “exhibit A” as you could ask for.
The tasting note from Chappaz’s website sounds pretty similar to mine (translated from French):
“First rather discrete , the nose opens quickly on passion fruit, pineapple, lychee and a touch of cold smoke. Dense, vinous, tonic, finely salted, completely dry which ends in a sustained manner. An archetypal Petite Arvine!” – Chappaz website
November ’15 arrival.