2017 Le Pas de l’Ours
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.