2015 Domaine Belluard Grandes Jorasses
(Ayse, Savoie, France) $45
I don’t remember having had a Belluard wine that was anything less than stunning. Recently, I was craving a really sour, refreshing beer but my friend wanted wine so we “settled” on this spry Altesse. No regrets.
Vineyard: South facing, 1300 feet above sea level with clay and limestone. Sourced from Dupasquier in Jongieux.
Vinification: Long maceration without malolactic fermentation.
Tasting Note: Uber minerally with hints of citrus, bitter almond and a long, pointed finish. I wouldn’t say it is sour, but the searing minerality pushes your palate to the edge.
Food Pairing: Oysters, oysters and more oysters. Sneak in a few raw clams and order some more oysters. In a pinch, sushi works.
Drinkability: Now. I really have no idea if this wine can age as I haven’t had an older vintage.