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2014 Apremont Vin de Savoie Blanc 

Savoie, France

Retail $15-$17

Savoie, a part of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region on France's border with Italy, is home to the tiny village of Apremont, one of the better-known crus in the Vin de Savoie appellation. The wine is produced by Domaine Bernard and Christophe Richel in the village of Saint-Baldoph. Vines averaging 50 years old are mostly planted with indigenous jacquere grapes, which make up 100 percent of this wine. Vineyard elevations rise to nearly 2,000 feet, and the region's climate is temperate. Soils have layers of limestone, chalky clay, glacial moraines, marl, river terraces and schist. The wine is vinified with low-temperature fermentation, contributing to its low alcohol content and sugar content. In the glass, it offers floral notes, ripened pear and subtle citrus aromas. On the palate, taste green apple, white peach, stony minerality and balanced acid. Drink it with broiled seafood, French onion soup, fondue, oysters Bienville, crabmeat au gratin, bouillabaisse and fettuccine Alfredo. Buy it at: Whole Foods Market.

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