This a sparkling wine to enjoy! A beautiful sparkling from the High Alps of France. The wine pours with a golden appearance, and fine bubbles dancing to the top. A floral and fruity nose with hints of fresh apple and Seckel pear. Subtle and delicate texture in the mouth with an elegant mineral finish. This wine is full of finesse, roundness and fruit. Serve this wine as an aperitif or to accompany all your meals and desserts.
Domaine Eugene Carrel & Fils is located in the village of Jongieux, about 40 miles southwest of Geneva, Switzerland, in between the Rhone River and Lake Bourget, France's largest lake. Established in the 14th century, Eugene manages the estate with his son Olivier and his son-in-law Sebastien.
The vineyards are situated at 1,476 feet and planted on steep, southwest facing slopes to calcareous clay soils. Despite their proximity to the Swiss Alps, the climate is surprisingly warm; Jongieux enjoys 2-3 more hours of sun than any other area in the Savoie. Consequently, the fruit reaches phenolic ripeness which diminishes the need for chaptalization resulting in wines that are balanced and fresher than its regional counterparts.
The Carrel vineyards are planted with indigenous varietals: Jacquere (sold as Vin de Savoie Jongieux Banc), Altesse (aka Roussette de Savoie), Gamay and Mondeuse. The majority of Carrel's wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness, aromas and flavors. A small selection is aged in oak barrels to lend additional depth and structure to the wines.
Winery/Producer: Domaine Eugène Carrel et Fils
Grape(s): 60% Jacquère, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Style: White, Sparkling, Brut (dry)
Origin: Jongieux, Savoie, France
Vinification: The grapes are grown organically at the highest level to maintain biodiversity in the vineyards. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel vats. Secondary fermentation was made with the Méthode Traditionnelle. Filtered and bottled to matured on the battens (lees) for 16 to 18 months, the disgorged and dosage to make the wine brut with fine bubbles.
Aging: Aged in stainless steel vats and then in bottle for 16 to 18 months.
% ABV: 12.5%