Appellation: IGP Vin des Allobroges
Color/Style: White, Medium-Full Bodied
Formed by a group of partners in the late 1990s, Domaine des Ardoisières revitalized their vineyard land at the direction of organic and biodynamic vigneron Michel Grisard. Champagne-native Brice Omont joined the team as lead winemaker in 2005 and, since then, their five different wines (three white and two red) have garnered critical acclaim not only within France but worldwide. With demand increasing but supply remaining the same, some of Omont’s wines fetch prices nearing triple digits, which makes “Silice” seem criminally underpriced for the immense drinking pleasure it provides.
After hand-harvesting, the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts in both stainless steel tanks (two-thirds) and old French oak barriques (one-third). It then spends about eight months aging before being lightly filtered and bottled without fining. No sulfur is added at any point during vinification or bottling.