Quenard Chignin Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2019

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Tasting Notes

The aromas of this wine are exciting: Golden Delicious apple, walnut, pear, and an Alpine meadow. Flavors are delicious and delicate. There’s floral sweetness, orange zest, mineral notes, and more. Nicely complex and very enjoyable, medium in body and length.


Savoie lies near the Swiss border; it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia until March 24, 1860, when it became part of France. Twenty-three varieties are permitted in Savoie wines, 13 white and 10 red. More than 70% of Savoie’s wine is white, and the Jacquère grape accounts for more than 50% of all Savoie plantings. It tends to be very productive, so yields must be controlled (the steepness of the vineyards helps do this). Jacquère is naturally high in acidity, producing refreshing wines for the many hikers and skiers who visit the region. Chignin, a small town in the western Alps, has more sun and richer soils than much of Savoie. Given its mountainous location, the microclimate is surprisingly warm, described as continental with Alpine and Mediterranean influence. There are 17 crus within Savoie, of which Chignin is one.

The Quenard domaine was founded three generations ago in the 1930s; although it gradually grew, most of the wine was sold off in bulk. In 1960, André Quenard began bottling wine under his own name, and in 1976,his son Michel joined the domaine. Today the family owns 22 hectares of steep terraced south-facing slopes on the Coteau de Torméry around Chignin, growing Jacquère, Bergeron (the local name for Roussanne), Mondeuse, Gamay, and Pinot Noir. The Quenards are regarded as among the finest producers in the region. This bottling is one of ten imported by Kermit Lynch; all are made from sustainably grown fruit. Its grapes come from a four-hectare parcel on limestone scree; vines are over 70 years old and harvested manually. Grapes are fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel. The wine rests on its fine lees for nine months before bottling.

Biodynamic and sustainable.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Fondue, Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Mexican, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish, Sushi, Thai or Vietnamese

France, French Alps
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$24.00 each