The village of Ayze is a little commune in the Haute-Savoie situated in the heart of the valley of the Arve between Geneva and Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Vineyards have been established here since the 13th century. The vines are 600m high on exposed south-facing slopes where the soil is composed of glacial sediments and linear deposits of rock and gravel. The Alpine climate means a big temperature difference between day and night, ensuring both physiological maturity in the grapes as well as excellent acidity. Patrick and Dominique Belluard are biodynamic makers and make use of the virtually unique ancient Gringet grape said to be related to the Savagnin grape of Jura. Also called Petite Roussette, research suggests that the grape is part of the Traminer family, brought back by monks returning from Cyprus in the 13th century. Traditionally fermented, this is a bright and refreshing white.
A clear and crystalline pale-straw in the glass. Look for aromas of white flowers and citrus edged white peach with a twist of aniseed to finish. Great with Tartiflette, brocoli and Roquefort soup or crepes stuffed with Reblochon cheese.