2018 Cotillon des Dames
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.
Péron's 2018 Cotillon des Dames is crafted from Jacquere and Altesse, which saw six months on skins before being aged in neutral oak on fine lees for a year and bottled with no sulphur additions. It's deep, complex and mineral, presenting an aromatic mosaic of exotic fruit, golden apples, alpine herbs and lemons, with a hint of honey. Star-bright acidity. Pop it in your cellar. Or your glass.