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Imagine a "sartot" perched on the heights of the Chignin vineyard in the shade of a cherry tree....
La Gerbelle Claude Quenard...
Domaine de la Gerbelle is located in the heart of the Chignin vineyard and the regional natural park...
It is on the dug valley of the Massif de Bauges, also called "Combe de Savoie" that the Domaine de l'Idylle is located. Here, the vines are cultivated on steep slopes of clay and limestone. The climate, characterized by cool nights and warmer days on the slopes, gives the wine freshness and fruit maturity. Some parcels are very different...Lire plus Learn more
It is on the dug valley of the Massif de Bauges, also called "Combe de Savoie" that the Domaine de l'Idylle is located. Here, the vines are cultivated on steep slopes of clay and limestone. The climate, characterized by cool nights and warmer days on the slopes, gives the wine freshness and fruit maturity. Some plots are very difficult to access, especially for the Mondeuse plot where the vines are located on screes, which means that everything has to be done manually.
The history of the estate dates back to 1840, when Francois Tiollier bought the property, which consisted of vines and fruit trees. Faced with the beauty of this place, he named it the Domaine de L'Idylle. Albert Tiollier took over the estate and presented the wines for the first time in 1920. It's a victory! Then Henriette and André Tiollier, who represent a turning point in the history of the estate since they will be the only ones in the valley to bottle their wines. They will promote grape varieties that were not very common at the time and which will make the estate so typical.
In 1975, Philippe and then François Tiollier settled on the property and still work in mixed farming today. They decided to focus on wine and cut the estate's surface area in half, from 20 to 10 hectares. In 2011, Sylvain Tiollier will take over the estate, adding his innovative ideas to wines of great typicity.
For me as a winegrower, it is first of all a heritage and family traditions. My passion comes from my family, of course. What I like is the possibility of making your wine in your image without having to follow production methods and obligations. I have a freedom of artistic expression in the sense that my wines are not made from a recipe, each vintage is different to work on. If I had to talk about a meeting that marked me, it would be in New Zealand, in Margrain Vineyard, where I worked younger. The oenologist I was working with had a unique vision of wine. He personified the stages of production, in particular by giving names to both his vintages and vats. He was very inspiring to me.
My oldest memory related to wine is when, as a child, I tasted grape juice during the harvest sitting under the press. As a child, I was very admiring to see the wine flowing from the press. It's very impressive and almost magical.
What annoys me in the world of wine is all the pernickety regulations that lead us to spend hours behind a desk rather than in the vineyard. This is important because these steps certify the quality of our wines but it is very complex! On the other hand, what transports me is the good cohesion in our vineyard where everyone advises each other, helps each other... It is also the pleasure to get out of the grapes picked from our plots in the middle of the mountains because we have gone to a lot of trouble!