Domaine Jean Yves Peron - 2018 La Grande Journee
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.
Pouring a deep, regal amber, La Grande Journee is one of Peron's most robust and generous cuvées. It's uber aromatic and impossibly expressive, embedded with loud minerality and phenomenal structure. Don't serve it too cold. Take your time with this one and witness it bloom in the glass. It is crafted from a blend of Altesse and Roussanne that enjoyed a two-month skin maceration before being aged in neutral oak on fine lees. As with all of Peron's wines, it was bottled unfiltered, unfined and with no sulphur additions. Wow. Just wow.
Variety Altesse, Roussanne || Region Savoie, France || ABV 13% || Vol 750ml