There are four ACs in Savoy: Seyssel (still whites or sparkling); Crépy (three
villages in Haute-Savoie); Vin de Savoie (perhaps with one of 17 possible growth
names attached: Abymes, Apremont, Arbin, Ayze, Char-pignat, Chautagne,
Chignin, Chignin-Bergeron or Bergeron, Cruet,
Jongieux, Marignan, Marin, Montmélian, Ripaille, Saint-Jean de la Porte,
Saint-Jeoire Prieuré, Sainte-Marie), for red or white wines, still, sparkling or
semi-sparkling; and Roussette de Savoie (perhaps with one of four possible
growth names attached: Frangy, Marestel or Marestel-Altesse, Monterminod and
Monthoux) which also refers to red or white wines, still, sparkling or
Reds: Gamay, Pinot noir and Mondeuse plus a small proportion of
Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon), Persan and a few local varieties in Isère.
Whites: Aligoté, Roussette (or Altesse), Jacquère, Chasselas, Chardonnay,
augmented with some ‘secondary’ varieties.
Wine styles: lively, vigorous, fruity whites, occasionally aged on the lees which
gives them their delicious slightly sparkling touch. The best known of these are
Roussette and Apremont. The sparkling wines make excellent appetisers. The
reds from Gamay and Pinot noir are fruity and light. The more robust wines from
Mondeuse can prove to be excellent laying down wines on a more full-bodied,
Review of recent vintages:
2011: as a rule, the whites are rich yet crisp and show structure and freshness.
The reds and rosés are pleasant and should be drunk whilst still fruit-forward.
2012: This was a difficult year that was mainly rainy and cool apart from a quite
mild autumn. These unfavourable conditions caused coulure (dropping of flowers)
and millerandage (irregular and stunted grape development), until August when
the return of hot weather allowed the grapes to ripen.