Denis et Didier Berthollier Baron Decouz Roussette 2018
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Dry
  • Full Bodied
  • 750ml

Denis et Didier Berthollier Baron Decouz Roussette 2018

Savoie,
Regular price $38.95per bottle ($467.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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Citrusy & Mineral

The Bertholliers come from a long wine-making tradition; growers, owners and winemakers for several generations dating back to 1850. Today, brothers Denis and Didier own several parcels on the southernmost and steepest parts of the Savoie hills whose abrupt slopes, too difficult to work on, had been abandoned by their forefathers at the beginning of the 20th century. But this is the terrain where the grapes thrive.

100% Roussette, a varietal that originates from the Traminer family. According to legend, Anne of Cyprus introduced this variety in Savoy when she married Louis II of Savoy. It has an expressive nose with rich aromas of peaches, honeysuckle, apricots and yellow plums. The mouthfeel is rich and generous, dry, fruity, somewhat mineral, with medium acidity and notes of tropical fruits such as peaches, apricots, yellow plums, citrus and a touch of wet gravel, with a long, pleasant aftertaste. A full bodied wine, yet with very elegant fruit and a minerality that gives freshness and complexity. Young, but will evolve nicely for quite a few years.

This wine can be the ideal companion for fatty fish dishes and even poultry.

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.