"Today, for the best typicality of the wines, the main concern of the domain is to grow vines according to the biggest respect of terroir and tradition" - Dominique Belluard
In the beautiful, rocky Haute-Savoie, you reach the little town of Ayse, where Domaine Belluard is located. The Domaine is one of the leading biodynamic producers in the Savoie. Created in 1947, it stretches for 10 hectares on clay soils with broken-down limestone on the foothills of Mont Blanc. In 1988, Dominique took over his family’s Estate and has farmed one of the oldest Alpine vineyards: the Gringet, a variety that cannot be found anywhere else around the world, with the mission to elevate this mighty grape. To grow vines according to the biggest respect of the terroir and traditions has always been a priority for Dominique, turning the whole farming process into an organic-dynamic growing since 2001. Winemaking is equally meticulous, meaning only native yeasts are used, no fining, no filtration, and only minimal sulphur added at bottling. For fermentation, Dominique prefers concrete eggs s he believes that the shape promotes a natural movement of the wine inside and this acts as a way to stir the lees without physically stirring them, thus adding texture and overall stability to the wine.
Sadly Dominique died last summer 2021. He was an extraordinary vigneron who leaves a great legacy.