JACQUÈRE [jah -KEHR]
The Jacquère grape is the most widely planted of Savoie’s 23 grape varieties, yet few take it very seriously. This early budding, generously yielding variety is primarily planted on lime-rich glacial material and scree, at altitudes ranging from 800 to 1800ft. For a long while it was made into very low alcohol, meh wines, which were consumed primarily by thirsty ski tourists. But a recent shift in attitude has flip-floped its fate, and now a number of growers are limiting their yields, employing progressive winemaking techniques, and bringing us nuanced, expressive and terroir-driven Jacquère.