Domaine des 13 Lunes, 5.7 hectares
The wines of Savoie are produced in the departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie with a small slice of the Seyssel appellation in the Ain. In ancient times this region was part of the Pays des Allobroges, and wines from this region were mentioned by the historians Columelle and Pline as already being known by the Romans before their occupation of Gaul began around 25 BCE. After the Roman occupation, the Savoie vineyards followed the typically French narrative of ownership, passing from church to aristocracy to bourgeoisie and finally in the 19th century being broken up among the local farmers. The appellations of the Savoie are spread throughout the numerous mountains, foothills, valleys and lakes of this alpine landscape and form a complex network of terroirs whose nomenclature, no doubt in the interest of clarity, the French government has made almost incomprehensible.
Sylvain Liotard farms 5.7 hectares in the village of Chapareillan, along the slopes of the famous Mont Granier. He began in 2014 and pursues a viticulture that is both organic and biodynamic. The domaine is now certified by both Ecocert and Demeter. Sylvain produces wines in the appellations of Abymes, Apremont and Roussette de Savoie, as well as a white blend and two reds from Mondeuse and Gamay.
The 2018 Ami-Amis is a blend of a third each of Altesse, Veltliner, and Jacquere. The fruit is direct pressed over 4 hours by stainless steel pneumatic press. The juice is racked after 12 to 48 hours, depending on the temperature at which the grapes were brought in. Contiguous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are by indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled vats at 17°C. The wine is matured for 10 months, 20% in barrels of at least 2 years, 80% in staineless steel vats.