Appellation: Vin des Allobroges
Color/Style: Red, Full Bodied
Grapes: Mondeuse Noir
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.
Minimal intervention is the main goal in the cellar. All wines are produced without any de-stemming and are fermented with native yeasts in barrels or tanks.
For the reds, de-vatting and pressing are performed after 2 to 3 weeks of maceration. Brice Omont practices a little pigeage when fermentation is starting and occasionally remontage. The malolactic fermentation is not systematic on the whites but is on the reds. The aging lasts between 9 and 18 months depending on the cuvée.