In a nutshell: A zesty, light and minerally white from the Savoyard vineyards near the French Alps.
The lowdown: Abymes is a wine producing village just south of Chambéry permitted to add its name to the wider Savoie appellation. Made from 100% Jacquère which is a native variety and the most widely planted in the region. Here, in the hands of Jean Perrier et Fils, it makes a wine with a lively first impression that rounds out with a mineral edge and zingy orange citrus notes. The balance between the fruit and acidity is nicely well judged.
When to drink: Deliciously light and dry it's good with things like fish, goats cheeses, or just by itself as a refreshing aperitif.
Vinegrowers since 1853, the Perrier family is firmly linked to the history of Savoy and the French Alps, producing around 135,000 hectolitres in the departments of Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Isère and Ain. Their winery is the small town of Les Marches, just south of Chambéry. The business has been a family concern since 1853 and is currently run by Gilbert Perrier and his three sons, Philippe, Christophe and Gilles.
Granted an AOC status in 1973, the vineyards have expanded over the years to approximately 69 hectares planted with Savoyard speciality varieties such as Jacquère, Abymes, Apremont and Chignin for white wines and Gamay, Chautagne, Jongieux, Mondeuse and Arbin reds. A fruit driven Méthode Traditionelle Crémant de Savoie with plenty of personality is also produced. All of the wines express the thinking of the grower, they are rough and wild at first, but open up with a warm and beautiful heart and personality.
Vines for the whites are mostly planted on clay-limestone and the reds on granite and clay-limestone on a south eastern exposure near the city of Chambéry in the heart of Savoy. All their vines are manually harvested, the grapes undergoing gentle pneumatic pressing, and temperature controlled fermentation at around 20 degrees celsius. Most of the wines also complete malolactic fermentation to lower the acidity and avoid a secondary fermentation in the bottle.