Altesse Roussette de Savoie 2019, St Germain

£21.99 GBP

If you're a newcomer to France's wild and mountainous Savoie region, we strongly advise you to start your Alpine adventure with Altesse. It's the variety behind Savoie's best whites. In this case it's a honey-drenched riot of exotic fruit flavours, all held beautifully in check by Savoie's trademark freshness. 

Altesse is so perfectly at home in Savoie because it gets to ripen slowly over long sunny days in a relatively cool, dry high-altitude climate. The grapes find time to develop perfumed peach, pineapple, lychee and honey characters without losing their cleansing, balancing jolt of sherbet acidity. 

That's precisely how this wonder wine expresses itself. With no oak, no malolactic and minimal intervention in the winery, the purity of the organic grapes shines through, like a tropical fruit salad slathered in tangy natural yoghurt, washed down with an icicle snapped straight off an Alpine chalet roof.

Think Alsace Pinot Gris but more so, and enjoy year round with anything from fondue to grilled chicken, seafood risotto or baked fish dishes.