Gilles Perrier Pinot Noir Savoie
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Jean Perrier’s cousin gives us this savory example of Pinot Noir from the French Alps.
- We love the effect of the cool climate, lime-rich glacial scree based terroir here.
- This is light with a beautiful expression of Pinot: peppery and spicy notes characteristics from the Chautagne terroir.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: Manual harvest, pneumatic pressing. Clarification vinification heat regulated at 20°, fermentation during three weeks. When the alcoholic fermentation is over, malolactic fermentation starts: the malic acid is degraded into lactic acid, it allows to lower the wine acidity and avoid fermentation in the bottle. Thanks to this you have round wines with a long finish in palate and you can keep them longer.
Tasting Notes: The color is light ruby. Red berries, cherries and blackberries on the nose. The palate is well balanced with delicate and spicy tannins.
The history of Jean Perrier goes back a long time. It begins in 1853, when Catherin Perrier buys a cellar in St. Andre Les Maches and plants vineyards in the foothills of Mount Granier. Her son, Claude Emile Perrier, purchases a second cellar in 1911. A trader and grape grower, Claude begins delivering wine to local cafe’s and restaurants. By 1947, Claude’s grandson, Jean Victor Perrier, extends the family’s land holdings and is the first to bottle wine from this area with Savoie on the label. Jean Victor Perrier’s son and current President, Gilbert Perrier, begins working at the family winery in 1964.
The 1970’s saw the winery become incorporated and the installation of their first bottling line, as well as, one big development; Savoie becomes an official Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). The early 1980’s was a time of transition as Gilbert’s two eldest sons, Philippe and Christophe joined the family business. One decade later, Gilbert’s youngest son, Gilles, joined his brothers in vinification, administration, and marketing roles. The past 20 years have seen an expansion of vineyard holdings (59 hectares today) and new varietals planted in addition to Jacquère, with Gamay, Mondeuse, and Chignin Bergeron becoming more and more popular.