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Domaine les Cantates Cru Chignin Jacquère 2012

T. Edward Wines, Domaine Les Cantates, Karen Ulrich for T. Edward Wines

From Cru Chignin, at the base of La Savoyarde in the Bauges mountain range in Savoie, comes Domaine Les Cantatas Cru Chignin Jacquère 2012.  From 30-100 year old Jacquère vines, that until 2008 had been owned and farmed by the family of Rene Quenard for over 300 years, comes this light and refreshing white, just in time for peak heat summer-time drinking.  With 4 of their 18ha planted to Jacquère, one of the most important varietals to Savoie, Claire Taittinger, who’s a native of Savoie, along with her husband Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger of Champagne, purchased this property in 2008.

First noted in the region in the late 19th century, Jacquère is a prolific vine with just over 1,000ha planted in France, mostly in Savoie.  Fermented with natural yeast, and aged for 6-12 months in stainless steel, Domaine Les Cantatas Cru Chignin Jacquère 2012 is pale straw in color with light aromas of white flowers and slate.  It’s lean and clean on the palate with stone and citrus-lime notes that finish with a hint of garden-fresh fennel, and a light spritz.  At 12% abv, it’s the perfect accompaniment to summer’s light fare, or to humid night sky gazing; but it’s also a great palate primer apéritif, or partner to the crisp cold days of winter.

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