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Varichon & Clerc Privilège Blanc de Blancs

Chardonnay, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chenin Blanc

  • NV

  • Alc. 12%

  • Savoie

  • France

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Smell

Soft and welcoming aromas of orchard fruits, mostly golden apple, pear and white plums. Light citrus notes of creamy lemon curd on brioche toast create a savoury layer.

Taste

Frothy and soft bubbles. A nice fleshy weight and balanced acidity. Freshness on the palate with high notes, no big, base notes here. Green, crunchy and under-ripe pears dominate, combined with a chalky texture and taste. Finish leads into a dry and crisp, bitter blanched almond, lemon citrus and dry toast.

Pairing

Separated into three appellations, Vin de Savoie, Roussette de Savoie and Varichon's Seyssel, the sparkling wines here are great for pairing with soft cheeses.

Aromas and Flavours

Apple

From Granny Smith to Red Delicious, apple makes for a delightfully crisp aroma.

Pear

A romantic picnic in the orchard, with your partner and their favourite white wine.

Almond

All of you home-bakers out there will recognize this smell the next time you use marzipan.

Lemon / Lime

Common in cool climate white wines, this aroma can range from fresh citrus to lemon zest.

Bread

That yeasty, slightly sour aroma that embodies the promise of freshly baked bread.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
6°C

Cellar
2022 - 2023

Description

Varichon & Clerc was founded in 1901 in the town of Seyssel, in the region of Savoie (or Savoy), pronounced "sav-wah". Savoie is located in the east, very close to the border of Switzerland and not too far from the Italian border. This may be why the wines of Savoie haven't made it far out of the ski chalets, until recently. Vermouth is actually well known from the area, maybe more so than the wine!

In comparison to other French regions, Savoie is almost directly east of Burgundy and quite a bit south of Alsace. The region is mountainous and the majority of land is not well-suited to viticulture, the few vineyards are found on the banks of the Rhône. Although planted on rolling hills at the base of mountains, the climate is warm and continental. Influences from large bodies of water, and southern exposure, give ideal ripening conditions. Grape varietals in Savoie are predominately white and many are native and obscure, such as Jacquère, Altesse, Chasselas and Gringet. Enjoy within the next year, a great bottle to start an evening, chill to 6C.

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