In search of a true expression of his "Mont Blanc terroir" through the rare gringet grape variety, Dominique Belluard produces still whites and, following the local tradition, sparkling wines using the traditional method, with the desire to produce pure and "living" wines.
Since 1988, Dominique Belluard has turned the family vineyards in the village of Ayse - a small, little-known appellation in the Côte d'Arve in Savoie (Haute-Savoie) - into the flagship estate of this vineyard dedicated to a rare and singular white grape variety, the gringet, which cannot be found anywhere else, and of which only 22 hectares remain. Cultivated biodynamically since 2001, its 12 ha include, in addition to the gringet, a little altesse (8%) and mondeuse (2%). In search of a true expression of his "Mont Blanc terroir" - the limestone scree of the Chablais massif - through the gringet, Dominique Belluard produces still whites and, following the local tradition, traditional method sparkling wines. No chemicals, indigenous yeasts and bacteria, ageing in concrete "eggs" or amphorae, low doses of sulphur: Dominique's desire to produce pure and "living" wines implies an uncompromising and ever more demanding work, but also an experimental approach for a grape variety of which he is, in fact, the only true producer.