Sub-region: Vin de Savoie Chignin-Bergeron
Grape(s): Roussanne 100%
Producer: Domaine Charles Gonnet
This year marks the first appearance of a Savoyard Chignin Bergeron (and indeed any wine from Savoie) in a top 50 Best In Show selection, and a welcome one for this unique style of Roussanne. It’s mountain Roussanne -- but it’s also sun-trap Roussanne; the protected sites of this appellation mean that this wine is in fact a little higher in alcohol than any of our five Chardonnays. The nose charms with honeysuckle and nougatine, while the palate charms, too, with a cascade of honeyed almond flavours. Compare it with Roussanne from the Rhone, though, and you’ll also see a dancing mountain freshness apparent in the wine, and a tender, apricot-like acidity which brings ample lift and swirl.
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