2018 Jean-Yves Peron La Grande Journée
Jean-Yves Peron was raised in the Savoie, an oft overlooked part of France, hugging Italy and Switzerland, famous more for its cows, read: Gruyere! than it’s wines. After studying winemaking, JY went to word with Allemand in Cornas and Schuller in Alsace. A Very similar trajectory to Gianmarco from Le Coste, if you’re interested in the wines.
He returned home after a long time abroad to the village of Chevaline, and took over some vineyards in the district. The altitude is incroyable (incredible), and it’s intensely difficult to manage vineyards in these conditions. Unavoidably so, no chemicals and no machinery are used during the year's production. That combined with a dedication to biodynamic principles ensures the healthiest fruit on ancient, ancient soils. Rare varietals reign – Mondeuse, Jacquere, Altesse, the only true characters that could thrive on a plot so old and meticulously left to nature.
The 2018 La Grande Journée is one of the most, intense cuvees, Altesse and Roussanne that has undergone a two-month skin maceration before being aged in oak. The colour of clay, textured like rock and omitting a power not oft seen in the glass, this wine is one to savour, submit to. Take your time and pour it at for the right people - yourself.