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'Mont Blanc' is named for the snow-capped mountain 30km away from Dominique's winery. This cuvée is built to age, but that requires personal discipline. 100% Gringet from vines planted at 450m elevation, the 2015 was aged for three years on the lees before disgorgement. The delicate nose offers elegant floral aromas and comes across as quite austere at first. Within an hour the nose blossoms with generous notes of honeysuckle, orange zest, almond skins and orchard fruits. The palate has exquisite cut with powerful minerals driving fresh pear and apple flavors. An excellent vintage that should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman
"Le Feu" comes from Dominique's oldest, low-yielding Gringet vines planted on steep, iron-rich slopes at 450m above sea level. The 2017 shows a touch riper than the 2016, with a greater concentration of aromas and flavors. The nose shows deft notes of wild herbs, verbena, and orange peel. The palate offers fleshy peach interspersed with stone, fresh sage, honey and citrus all buoyed by incredibly well-knit acidity. A powerful vintage that is delicious in its youth but should age gracefully. Amanda Bowman
Les Perles du Mont Blanc is made from biodynamically farmed Gringet and spends two years on the lees before disgorgement. Fermentation for the base wine is done with indigenous yeast; the second with Champagne yeast and there is no dosage added, making for an exquisitely dry wine with fascinating complexity. This bottling is richer than in years past, but still intensely mineral with heady aromas of pine forest, baking spice, and toasted walnuts. The palate is decadent, with creamy flavors of pear, wildflower honey, nutmeg and bright lemon curd. The invigorating acidity makes this a versatile, food-friendly wine to pair with roasted chicken, oysters, charcuterie, or cheese. Amanda Bowman
2010 is in the zone. Expressively aromatic with wildflower, papaya, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of bergamot. The palate is rich and giving with heady flavors of smoked pineapple, herbs, honeycomb, and citrus. Firm minerality carries the fleshy tropical fruit flavors through an extraordinarily long finish. Powerful and finessed, this bottle deserves a place on your dinner table alongside shellfish, grilled fish with creamy herb sauce, or a traditional raclette. (Tasted from 750ml) Amanda Bowman
The 2017 Mondeuse comes from a small, biodynamic estate cradled in the hills of Bugey where Guillaume Lavie worked the western-exposed vines facing the Dent du Chat Mountain in Savoie. The first vintage we tasted from this winery was the 2016 which was as bright and clear as an Alpine lake. His follow-up vintage affirms our initial impression that Lavie just gets it. The 2017 was fermented whole cluster for two weeks then pressed into barrel for aging. A touch riper than the '16, silky tannins coat the palate and bear the lush fruit with marvelous levity. The finish is lengthy with peppery spice and river stone. Serve with a slight chill alongside charcuterie, game birds, or strong, creamy cheeses. Amanda Bowman
The 2017 Roussette (Altesse) is wonderfully round and supple with great balance of ripe fruit and crisp acid. The wine spends 11 months (half in barrel and half in cuve) on its lees before bottling with around 20mg/L of added sulfur. The nose is fresh and almost tropical with bright aromas of mountain herbs and tangy citrus. The honeyed palate carries its weight with grace and all the pedigree of the Bugey AOC. There is a satisfying interplay of orchard fruits, white flowers, and savory minerals on the finish, and a nascent flavor of beeswax that we expect will deepen after 3-5 years in the bottle. A lovely example of Roussette that we highly recommend! Amanda Bowman
Though we generally love Mondeuse from each of its provinces, there is something inexpressible about tasting a bottle from the sub-Alpine region of Bugey. The vineyards of Montagnieu are perched high above the Rhône Valley, a fact evident from the distinctly Rhône-esque aromas that rise from the glass. The 2017 is seductively perfumed with tree bark, black pepper, campfire smoke, and violets. The bramble fruit character that we typically find on the nose and palate is a little more reticent, which is surprising for this sunny vintage. Yet the palate is energetic and taught, with crunchy tannins and snappy red currant flavors that grip the palate. An excellent choice for charcuterie, sheep's milk cheese, or roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman
This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8% ABV this delicately sweet and exquisitely balanced pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, a companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The 2018 is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. The wine pours a pleasing shade of magenta in the glass and offers up vivid aromas of purple wild flowers, raspberry patch, and mouth-watering grapefruit zest. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of sweet strawberries, raspberries, and crunchy blueberries on the attack then finishes with thirst-quenching mineral acidity. A purely enjoyable bottle at a great value. Serve chilled alongside fruit tarts, dark chocolate, or with tangy cheeses. Amanda Bowman