2016 Domaine Dupasquier Vin de Savoie Jacquère
Region: France, Savoie
Grape Varieties: Jacquère
Dry light-bodied white; sleek, minerally | Raclette and fondue
Jacquère always puts us in the mood for raclette, a simple Alpine dish of gently heated cheese (usually the eponymous cow’s milk cheese), served with potatoes, charcuterie and pickles. Both grape and dish are part of the Savoyard landscape, and form a marriage of complements – the wine’s acid spine help refreshes the palate, and its fruitiness highlights the savoury nature of the cheese. The 2014 is slim, clean with a touch of honey and completely delicious.
We count ourselves very lucky to represent the fifth generation of Dupasquiers to work the western slopes of Lake Bourget as siblings David and Véronique are gradually taking over from their father Noël.
This little-known region is less than 10km east of the Rhône River, and clinging to the shadow of the Alps. It boasts a fascinating geology, with streaks of Kimmeridigian chalk screes on the Mont du Chat, and cappucino swirls of marl and dark limestone on the Cluse de Chambéry. To mitigate the cooling effects of altitude, Dupasquier sites are on the West slopes of Lake Bourget, where their vines can soak up sunlight reflecting picturesquely off the surface of the serene water. Due to the steep gradient of the banks, many sites across the Dupasquiers' 14 hectares of vines can only be harvested by hand. Additionally, in order to encourage biodiversity in the vineyards, only every other row of vines is ploughed.