jamie goode's wine blog: A new variety

Saturday, December 30, 2006

A new variety

Ever heard of Gringet? It's a grape variety that's new to me. Considering the thousands of different varieties that are grown worldwide, it's such a shame that everyone seems to focus on the same dozen or so. Especially when the results are as good as this. Predictably, for such an interesting, somewhat offbeat wine, the source in the UK is Les Caves de Pyrene. Not sure of the price, but it will be relatively inexpensive.

Domaine Belluard Les Alpes Gringet 2004 Vin de Savoie, France
A really interesting mountain white made from the Gringet variety. The nose combines a savoury nuttiness with a bright, floral, subtly herbal character. The palate is lemony fresh but has a richer, deeper, tangy nutty quality. A thought-provoking savoury style that's quite light in its personality. Very good+ 89/100


At 8:44 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Sounds like a nice one to try Jamie, I am always looking for somthing a bit different to try.
A quick google search and I found it here - http://www.roussillon.co.uk/pdf/Roussillon%20wine.pdf
at 34.00.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Is that Roussillon restaurant in London (if so, a fine place...well it was when I ate there a few years back). At 34 on a swanky restaurant list, retail would be around 10.

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Yes it is from the Rousillon restaurant wine list I should have made that clear.
I have not had the oppertunity to dine here myself.
They also carry a nice selction of Madiran.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

Hi All,

Yes, retail is just under a tenner. Other points of interest: Gringet is probably a Savoie version of the Savagnin, albeit made in a totally different style, being glacial-fresh and piercingly mineral. Secondly, Belluard, like so many estates in Savoie and Jura, is biodynamic. Thirdly (and surprisingly) the wines age particularly well.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Ah, Savagnin - that makes sense. Thanks for the info Doug.

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