- Medium Bodied
About the Winery
Denis et Didier Berthollier
The Bertholliers are of strong wine-making tradition; growers, owners and winemakers for several generations. Brothers Denis and Didier cultivate 10 hectares of vines on the southern slopes of the Savoyard in Chignin, located ten kilometers from Chambery. Their great-grandfather, Louis Tissot, founded the farm in 1850.
Their grandfather Marius maintained a mix of farming and livestock, in addition to vines. His daughter Monique then took over and married Denis and Didier’s father, Alexis Berthollier, himself the son of winemaker. They abandoned polyculture to devote their activity fully to the vines. Alexis father, Victor Berthollier, who was winemaker at Aprement, was probably the first winemaker to bottle Savoyard wine for the mass-market in 1970! Denis and Didier harvest, vinify and do the bottling themselves at the domain. They have eliminated the use of insecticides and fungicides in all their vines and ceased the use of weed-killer since 2008, enabling grass to grow in the rocky slope vineyards. They use only naturally occurring, indigenous yeasts and very minimal SO2. Their wines have a pureness and finesse among the best of the Savoy region.
93 points - Michael Godel
From the brothers Berthollier, Denis and Didier, farmers at the southernmost and steepest slopes of the Savoie hills. A varietal jacquère taken from 50 year-old vines and a most singular white wine at that. Yes the white flowers and stone fruit are there, as is the citrus and vaguely honeyed character. But there is much more, savoury elements of plants wild and edible, subtle musk and pungency and white pepper shakes. Reminds of grüner veltliner in a way, but then seems so different and far away. Fun bit of intrigue and delicious at the end of the day. Drink 2022-2026. Tasted September 2022.