Lunch at Terroirs, with the fab Belluard Gringet from Savoie


Lunch at Terroirs, with the fab Belluard Gringet from Savoie


Had lunch at Terroirs wine bar today with a friend. I haven’t been here for a while, but we were in the neighbourhood, it was just past noon, and the opportunity presented itself. We did a walk-in, sat at the bar and ordered oysters and a lovely fresh, natural Muscadet (Amphibolite).

It was a magical combination. The briney intensity and slippery texture of pure oysters coupled with the stony, rocky lemony character of the Muscadet. An uncomplicated wine elevating itself through a well-chosen pairing.

Then we ordered more food. Endive with walnuts, mustard and blue cheese, and also an artichoke with a mustard aioli. These were both beautiful. By coincidence, Caves de Pyrene founder Eric Nairoo and wine buyer Doug Wregg were both here, and Eric sent over a carafe of an unidentified white wine. It was really beautiful: not immediately obvious, but growing in charm and complexity with time in the carafe. It was the Belluard Gringet from Savoie, and in the 2014 vintage this wine is just singing.


Domaine Belluard ‘Les Alpes’ Gringet 2014 Savoie, France
Fragrant nose of tangerine and lime blossom with some pear fruit. Very fine and expressive. The palate is delicate and mineral with a rounded texture and also amazing freshness. So pure, with an attractive stony minerality. This improves with time in the glass, and is really delicate but has personality to. Lemony finish leaves you wanting more: quite profound in an understated way. 94/100

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