(from Flatiron Wines)
Domaine Belluard holds the rare distinction of having helped save an indigenous grape variety from near extinction, Gringet. It's rare, with just 20 hectares in production; Belluard owns at least half of this land, and the rest is farmed and bottled by a local commune. The estate's Alpine situation influences their cuvées not just by the elevation, but also by the alluvial soils of limestone churned from the ground by ancient, roving glaciers.
This is sparkling (Champagne method) Gringet, and serves as an homage to Gringet's past — it was historically made into cheap, serviceable sparkling wine, like if Prosecco were made in the Savoie — but elevated. Notes of fresh apples, herbs and stones make for a compelling and refreshing drink.