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Famille Peillot Altesse


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Famille Peillot Altesse: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Famille Peillot Altesse

As you may know, Altesse is the grape and Roussette is normally the wine made from it: in Savoie, a wine labelled "Roussette" must be 100% Altesse. This particular one, however, is not a Savoie wine but is a Roussette de Bugey-Montagnieu, an appellation in which any white-wine grape can be used to make what can be labelled "Roussette". Franck Peillot (and only one other winemaker in the appellation, Benoît Dumont), however, makes a 100% Altesse Roussette.

This wine is not widely available in the U.S., though not quite rare (Wine Searcher Pro shows quite a few retailers carrying it). It is a hair above our arbitrary price cutoff of $20, since its going price starts at $20 and ranges up to $26, averaging $25, but in these reports—as opposed to the rest of the site—we just report on what came our way.

Note that wines of this sort are generally considered fair candidates for some cellar aging.


Famille Peillot Altesse: Tasting Impressions

Is this worth the slight price premium over the more available Roussettes? We think it may well be. Its nose and taste are almost textbook portrayals of the wine Altesse is supposed to make: minerality, acidity, and a richness composed of floral, herbal, citrus, and even honeyed notes. Despite the acidity and minerality, this is not a Chablis-like wine: the richness is a distinguishing characteristic, and the acid and mineral, while clearly present and providing a skeleton for the wine, are subsumed into the flesh that coats that skeleton.

One of us had a rather badly stuffed nose while tasting this wine, and even so its qualities came through elegantly. A thoroughly recommended wine.


Famille Peillot Altesse: Other Opinions

On CellarTracker.

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

Of some major wine-review sites, we did not find that any had reviewed this wine. Mind, we may have missed some, but that's what we saw (or didn't see). Not, however, that this wine is lacking in critical reviews, most thoroughly positive.


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