Domaine Eugene Carrel

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Domaine Eugene Carrel is located in the village of Jongieux, which is the largest of the 17 appellations of the Savoie region, at the beginning of the French Alps. It is situated about 40 miles southwest of Geneva, in between the Rhone River (near its start) and Lake Bourget, France's largest lake. The Jongieux vineyards are very steep, southwest facing slopes created by ancient glaciers. The altitude is between 400 and 500 meters, yet the microclimate is very warm. The privileged clay-limestone slopes of the Jongieux appellation allow the grapes to ripen more fully than in any other Savoy regions, due to 2-3 hours more sun daily. As a result, the wines are not only fuller, but also more balanced and fresher, because there is far less needÿ for chaptalization. Indeed, the regions' top Cru, Marestel, is located in Jongieux. Domaine Carrel's Jongieux Blanc, made from the native Jacquere grape, exemplifies Hugh Johnson's characterization of this varietal: "you are drinking bottled mountain air." Carrel's Jacquere vineyards are all on south and south-west slopes with stony, limestone clay soils. The vines average 25 years of age. Working with fully ripe, yet delicate grapes with a low natural sugar/alcohol level, the Carrels use a pneumatic press to extract flavor and aromas, and ferment their wines in stainless steel tanks at lower temperatures. Carrel blocks the malolactic fermentation and keeps a small amount of the wine?s natural CO2 to further enhance its freshness and vitality. The Jongieux Blanc is aged in tank on its fine lees. Bottling takes place in January, after the wine is stabilized in the naturally cold Alpine ambiance
A bright and lively expression of the native varietal, this Jacquere is youthful with its citrus fruits and white floral notes on the front end. As the finish comes through, notes of macadamia nut and stony minerality leave the palate feeling fresh and clean.
FoodPairingSomething as simple as a plate of mixed nuts, cheeses, and dried lemon would be a perfect pairing. For a full meal, think chicken breast or light, fresh fish.
RegionFrance - Other regions

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