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 vineyards are planted onto clay with a dominance of limestone soils due to the 1248 collapse of the Mont- Granier, part of the massif de La Chartreuse mountains. The terroir is of clay limestone.
75% destemmed harvest. Pellicular maceration for 3 weeks followed by malolactic fermentation. Aged in oak barrels for 15 months. Estate-bottled with filtration and no fining (vegan).
Garnet color, with a nose very typical with scents of red berries, violet, and spicy notes. The palate is generous and smooth tannins. Lovely persistence. Flavors of
blackcurrant, blackberry, and redcurrant with hints of liquorice. Lay down the wine for a few years for even more power.
Great with cheese, cold pork meats, grilled steak, and game dishes in