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The Jacquère Grape


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About Jacquère

(Synonyms: Cugnette, Jacquerre, Jacquère, Martin-Cot, Molette de Montmélian, Plant des Abîmes, Plant des Abymes de Myans, Raisin des Abîme, Redin, Robinet, Roussette.)

Background

Map showing the Savoy region of France.

Jacquère is a white-wine grape originating in the Savoy region of France. Abymes and Apremont are the two villages in the Vin de Savoie that are responsible for the largest volume of production and, by all accounts, the best specimens. In those appellations, Jacquère must, by law, be at least 80% of the wine, but in practice is usually the full 100%. Outside of Savoy, plantings are few and limited.

Jacquère is what is commonly called a “mountain wine” (often more specifically an “Alpine wine”). By that is meant a white wine that is fairly simple but with high acids, low alcohol, good minerality, and some light fruit overtones. Such wines are usually called “refreshing”, and are seen as a pleasant alternative to big, gutsy wines. They are especially good with light foods (and are virtually the mandatory accompaniment to a fondue). Though ther are several grapes in that category, many feel that Jacquère is the nonpareil of the lot.

Factoid: The town names Abymes (from Abîme, “abyss”) and Apremont (“after the mountain” or, arguably, “bitter mountain”) derive from a terrible earthquake in 1248, when an estimated 17,000 to 18,000 cubic feet of rubble crashed down from Mt. Granier, devasting the area (thousands died) in what is probably the worst landslide in European history; the area was barren for centuries, but eventually the re-settlers put in vineyards.

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Some Descriptions of Jacquère Wines

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Some Jacquères to Try

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Jean Perrier et Fils Apremont “Cuvee Gastronomie”
(They also bottle a “Cuvee Gastronomie” Abymes; both are good.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Charles Gonnet Savoie Chignin

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Philippe et Sylvain Ravier Apremont
(They also bottle an Abymes and a “Vielles Vignes” Apremont: caveat emptor.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Jean Masson & Fils Savoie Apremont “Vieilles Vignes”

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Bernard et Christoph Richel Apremont

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Jacquère wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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