Denis & Didier Berthollier

France, Savoie

 

2 Stars Revue du Vin de France

 

Sustainable


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The Bertholliers are of strong wine-making tradition; growers, owners and winemakers for several generations. Brothers Denis and Didier cultivate 10 hectares of vines on the southern slopes of the Savoyard in Chignin, located ten kilometers from Chambery. Their great-grandfather, Louis Tissot, founded the farm in 1850.    Their grandfather Marius maintained a mix of farming and livestock, in addition to vines. His daughter Monique then took over and married Denis and Didier’s father, Alexis Berthollier, himself the son of winemaker. They abandoned polyculture to devote their activity fully to the vines. Alexis father, Victor Berthollier, who was winemaker at Aprement, was probably the first winemaker to bottle Savoyard wine for the mass-market in 1970! Denis and Didier harvest, vinify and do the bottling themselves at the domain. They have eliminated the use of insecticides and fungicides in all their vines and ceased the use of weed-killer since 2008, enabling grass to grow in the rocky slope vineyards. They use only naturally occurring, indigenous yeasts and very minimal SO2. Their wines have a pureness and finesse among the best of the Savoy region.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Methode Traditionelle "85.3" Brut NV 70% Jacquère, 30% Chardonnay 20 years Clay loam glacial moraine Practicing Organic, not certified
Chignin Bergeron Roussanne (a.k.a. Bergeron) 15 years Clay and limestone Practicing Organic, not certified
Chignin Vieilles Vignes 100% Jacquère 50 years Scree clay-silty limestone Practicing Organic, not certified
Vin de Savoie "Sel de Marius" 50% Gamay, 50% Pinot Noir 20-30 years Glacial moraine clay and silt Practicing Organic, not certified
Mondeuse et ma goutte de Mondeuse 20-70 years Clay and limestone marl Practicing Organic, not certified
Rossette Baron Decouz Altesse (a.k.a. Roussette) 15 years Clay and limestone scree Practicing Organic, not certified
Mondeuse Les Granges Tissout Mondeuse 20-70 years Clay and limestone marl Practicing Organic, not certified