- Appellation: Vin de Savoie Chautagne
- Region: Savoie
- Country: France
- Colour: Red
- Grape Varieties: Gamay, Mondeuse Noire, Pinot Noir
- Soil type: Sandstone and Mollasse. Plots located in Serrieres.
- Vessel type: Other
- Filtered - Light Filtration microns.
- Low sulphite.
Notes on additives, aids & processing used:
- No temperature control.
- Total Sulphites: 9 mg/L
- This wine is fermented spontaneously.
- Other Information:Average age of vines: 35 years old
Vinification: Whole bunch maceration for 4-5 weeks. No pumping over. No sulphites added during the vinification and the ageing. Ageing on the lees for 9 months. Slight filtration. 1 g/hL sulphites added at bottling.
In 2003, Jacques Maillet vowed never again to make wines using conventional methods. He always had an interest in biodynamic and organic wines, but had been unable to secure a loan from the local co-op to do so. Because of this, he was forced to use synthetic chemicals when he started out in the early 1990s.
But this all changed in the year 2000, when Maillet was diagnosed with cancer, from which it took him three years to recover. He blamed his illness on the prolonged exposure to the chemicals he had been using on the land for around a decade, and that’s when he finally found a way to follow his dream of making wine using biodynamic techniques.
The fruits of Maillet’s labour are some wonderful wines with great acidity and ageing potential, with the last vintage produced in 2015. Perfection in a glass.
Whether you’ve had them in the past, or you’re curious to try them for the first time, we invite you to acquaint yourself with the wines of Jacques Maillet!
Note: Jacques Maillet retired in 2016 and Florian and Marie Curtet have carried on in this endeavour. This makes the wines produced by Jacques himself increasingly rare collectors’ bottles.
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