Domaine Jean Yves Peron - 2017 Le Pas de l’Ours

2017 Le Pas de l’Ours

Savoie, France

After studying winemaking in Bordeaux in the late '90s and then working for Thierry Allemand in Cornas and Bruno Schuller in Alsace, Jean-Yves Péron has become a cult natural winemaker. Born, bred and based in Savoie, Jean-Yves is patiently reviving ancient, forgotten vineyards in the French Alps. He tends his vineyards biodynamically, working across several micro-parcels containing Mondeuse, Jacquere, Altesse, and Roussanne. His vines are over a century old, and the schist-covered vineyards slope very steeply – hand-harvesting is basically mountain climbing! Fruit is all fermented naturally with no additives, expressing truthfully the amazing ancient Alpine terroir. 

'Le Pas de l’Ours' is a painterly wine. Citrusy swathes of yellows and oranges fill your nose, while the palate is all reds and pinks – strawberry, cherry, beetoot, rose – accompanied by green herbs, undergrowth and grass. Acid game strong. Loooong and luscious in the mouth. Special stuff.