Domaine des Ardoisières Amethyste
Grapes: Persan, Mondeuse Noire
Brice Omont of Domaine des Ardoisières has 16 hectares of mountainous terraced vineyards above the village of Cévins in Savoie. Since the beginning of the project in the late 1990s, these have become some of the most sought after wines in the region, with Brice's focus on vinifying each parcel according to it's specific soil type and micro-climate creating highly expressive and unique expressions of terroir.
Amethyste is Brice's top red cuvée from south-facing terraced vineyard on a vertiginous 60 degree slope where the soil is derived from metamorphic mica-schists. Yields are super low with the grapes fermented in whole bunches, then aged in old oak barrels. Expect stony raspberry fruit, a dusting of black pepper, perfect balance and a lip-smacking salinity on the finish.