Jean Yves Peron - 2018 Champ Levat

2018 Champ Levat

Savoie, France

Mon dieu mon dieu, what a sensational Mondeuse! Red, blue and black fruits ripple over your tongue in tidal movements – mesmerising, harmonic. Brooding, earthy undertones, with hints of lime, mint, green peppercorn and fresh alpine herbs. Some rhubarb in there too! What a mosaic of flavour. The fruit comes from 130 year-old vines (whoa), hand-harvested and vatted whole. Wild fermentation followed by 12 months aging in old barrels. Unfined, unfiltered and, like all of Peron's cuvées, no sulphur added.

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.