Many, many moons ago, in the 12th century, a huge avalanche barreled down Mount Granier, smothering the tiny towns below with limestone rubble and changing the face of Savoie forever. Centuries later, in the stony soils, locals planted Jacquère vines, Savoie’s native white grape variety. The Portaz family, since the early 1980s, have lovingly cared for their 30-50 year old vines, using sustainable farming and natural practices. This “Apremont”, French for “rough mountain” is bursting with tangy flavors and lively aromas, really showcasing the high-altitude terroir. Flavors of pear, fresh herbs, honeysuckle, crushed stones, and white pepper linger throughout.