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Grape Varieties - Altesse

Altesse

This is the finest white grape of the mountainous Savoie region of France, where a modest 300 hectares are made into a wine called Roussette de Savoie. Indeed, this grape used to be known as Roussette.

Altesse ripens late, but is resistent to rot and various moulds. And it is capable of ageing into something worthwhile.

The origins of Altesse are shrouded in mystery; some postulate that it comes from Cyprus, but the common view is that it is French.

Signature Style

Signature Style

An aromatic wine of bright acidity, aromas and flavours complicated by nuances of fresh herbs. The fruit can present quite an exotic side, yet it remains a mountain wine, airy and cool.

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

Roussette de Savoie, a name that can include one of four communes: Frangy, Monterminod, Monthoux and Marestel. Also Roussette de Bugey and Roussette de Seyssel

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

The Alpine region of Savoie.

Synonyms

Synonyms

Altesse Blanche, Altesse Verte, Arin, Fusette, Fusette d'Amberieu, Fusette de Montagnieu, Ignam, Ignan Blanc, Maconnais, Petit Maconnais, Prin Blanc, Rousette Haute, Roussette, Roussette Basse, Roussette de Montagnieu, Roussette Grosse, Roussette Haute, Roussette Petite, Serene Blanche.

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