Franck Peillot - Bugey Montagnieu 'Altesse' 2014
This product is currently sold out.
We first started working with Franck last year and brought in a small batch of this 2014 Altesse, which was quickly sold out and reserved for our restaurant partners.
It was sublime stuff, lean and mean, with a mineral edge and round yellow fruit. A cool-but-sunny-day kind of wine. On our second order, we picked up mostly his 2015 vintage, but also brought in several cases of his 2013 and again, this 2014. It's elegant where the 2015 is flashy, and more restrained overall. Both are lovely, but this might age a little better.
We are keeping this online only, so that you guys can try out a small vertical if you will of aged Altesse. It's quite a rare grape usually only found in Savoie, and Peillot showcases his mastery of it every vintage.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Altesse
Terroir: Limestone clay
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel
Drinking Window: 2015-2020
The mountainous region of Bugey lies in between the Rhône valley, Savoie, and Jura, but yet remains totally unique. Franck Peillot is an old master here, a dedicated and extremely passionate winemaker who champions the indigenous grapes of the region: Altesse and Mondeuse.
He’s a white and sparkling wine expert, with 50% of his production being his sparkling Montagnieu Brut. His Altesse is age-worthy and beautifully alpine, and all his vineyards lie on steep slopes along the mountains.
While Peillot doesn’t call himself a natural winemaker, he uses just the minimum amount of SO2 at the very end of bottling, and his vineyards have always been chemical-free.