The family estate of Bernard and Christophe Richel is located in the small village of Saint Baldoph, 5km south of Chambery, in the plains at the foot of the Chartreuse mountain range. The estate dates back to the 1950’s, Joseph Richel selling his wine in barrels to the bars in Chambery. In the 1970’s, the controlled appellation of origin (AOC) of Vin de Savoie was officially recognized. Simultaneously, Joseph’s son Bernard began bottling and selling the wines, opening the cellar doors to the public. This marked an important turning point with the improvement of the quality along with the use of new technologies. In 1987, Christophe, who represents the 3rd generation of Richels, graduated from the Beaune School of Oenology and began helping his father on the estate.
The vineyard is comprised of 7.5 hectares located around the villages of Saint Baldoph and Apremont. In Saint Baldoph the soils are mostly made up of limestone, which gives the wines floral and fruity notes. The soils in Apremont are made up of clay and marl, producing wines that are more mineral. Christophe uses sustainable agriculture practices with respect to the environment. The vines are on average 50 years old, with a yield of 60 Hl/Ha.
The grapes are hand-picked at optimum maturity and then pressed through a gentle pneumatic press. The wine is then vinified in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees without malo-lactic fermentation to keep the full expression of the Jacquère varietal with its characteristic fresh acidity.
Pale yellow color with hints of green. Fresh and floral with notes of citrus fruit and white flowers. Very mineral with aromas of citrus, pear, and white peaches, with a long finish.
Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany cheese from the Savoie region (fondues, raclettes, tartiflettes., etc.). It is also a great with seafood, grilled fish, or any light appetizer.