One of those grape varieties that I have been looking for in Germany for a long time now is the Gringet. An almost extinct variety native to the French Alps that was thought be be a mutation of the Savagnin of Jura but which has been disproved by DNA testing. To my knowledge the only winery producinf Gringet Varietals is Domaine Belluard in Ayse, between Geneve and Chamonix.
Domaine Bellaurd adheres to biodynamic principles. 95% is plated with Gringet which is used both for still and sparkling wines. The rest is made upo from Altesse and Mondeuse.
When receiving the newsletter from Vins Vivants I had to take the opportunity and buy a couple of wines, two of which will be placed side by side today: Les Alpes and Pur Jus 100%, 2012 vintage.
They are basically the same wine, just the Pur Jus 100% has no added sulphites.
Les Alpes 2012:
Nice yellow in the glass. Interesting Nose: Apple, smoked bacon, deep fried parsley and cooked white beans.
Quite full with lively acidity, apple juice and cidre with a chalky mouthfeel, as if some tannins had somehow found their way into this bottle. Cidre and citrus aftertaste.
Later: Flowers, apples and cooked beans.
Even later: Yoghurt, wax, apple peel, honey, mirabelles.
The next day: Pork and apple, citrus and dried flowers aftertaste with a touch of chestnuts.
Pur Jus 100% 2012:
Slightly darker colour than the Les Alpes.
Hay, dried flowers, cidre, honey and mushrooms, pork with cooked white beans, lightest touch of Brett with goat aroma. Yoghurt and honey aftertaste.
Later: Apple, powdered stock, white flowers, plum.
Even later: Honey, apple, strong, almost artificial cherry- Appley, herby aftertaste.
The next day: Mint, liquorice, apple, citrus.
Both wines are fascinating, especially the pork and beans notes found in both wines have been a pleasant surprise. The Pur Jus 100% has been well and hygienically made. Even after a week open near the heating which I must admit I rarely use, no sign of volatile acidity. The diffrenece between both wines was great with a slightly higher complexity for the Pur Jus 100%, making it the winner of todays battle.