Ultimate Guide to the Savoie Wine Region

Famous Wines of the Savoie Wine Region

Since many of the wines produced here­ are locally consumed, few are exported in large quantities. Sparkling and semi-sparkling wines are a specialty of the Savoie region. The French categorize their sparkling wines by the amount of carbolic gas that they contain. Mousseux is French for "sparkling"; petillant is used to describe wines with a light sparkle [source: Stevenson].

If you're looking for a good bottle of white wine, check out the following appellations on the label: Crepy AOC, Seyssel AOC and Seyssel Mousseux AOC, Rousette de Savoie AOC, Rousette de Bugey VDQS.

If you have a more varied taste, look for these appellations on labels of white, rosé and red wines: Vin de Savoie AOC, Vin de Savoie Ayze Petillant AOC, Vin de Savoie Ayze Mousseaux AOC, Van de Savoie Mousseux AOC, Van de Savoie Petillant AOC. Vin de Bugey VDQS, Vin de Bugey Cerdon Mousseux VDQS, Vin de Bugey Cerdon Petillant VDQS, Vin de Bugey Mousseux VDQS, Vin de Bugey Petillant VDQS.

Some wines of note in the region include:

  • Goy Freres, Fichard, Mercier & Fils, Georges Roussiaude in the Crepy AOC
  • Jean Peillot, in the Rousette du Bugey VDQS
  • Domaine Dupasquier, Michel Gisard, of the Rousette de Savoie AOC
  • Maison Mollex, Clos de la Peclette, Varichon & Clerc of Seyssel AOC, and Royal Seyssel of Seyssel Mousseux AOC
  • Cellier de Bel-Air, Caveau Bugiste, and Eugene Monin from the Vin du Bugey VDQS
  • Caveau Bugiste from the Vin du Bugey Petillant VDQS
  • Domaine Dupasquier, Michel Gisard, Claude Marandon, Andre & Michel Quenard, Charles Trosset, Chateau de la Violette under Vin de Savoie AOC.
  • Bernard Cailler and Michel Menetrey from Vin de Savoie Ayze Petillant or Mousseux AOC.
  • Cave Cooperative de Cruet from Vin de Savoie Mousseux AOC
  • Dominique Allion, Michel Menetrey, Perrier & Fils, Varicgon & Clerc in the Vin de Savoie Petillant AOC [source: Stevenson]

You'll most likely be "forced" to enjoy Savoie region wines in Savoie, and if you get lucky, you might want to bring along a pair of skis. Á vote santé! To learn more, visit some of the links on the following page.

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