Gérard & Julie Portaz

Apremont Les Jumelles – 2018

Region: France - Savoie

Gérard & Julie Portaz

In the 1940s, Clément and his son Gérard Portaz planted the first plots of what is now known as l’Eperviere. It was a labor of love, starting with 2.5 hectares in the Apremont and Abymes appellations. That love of vines is a family story: Julie, daughter of Gérard, follows her father and decides to become a winegrower. Julie studies enology, and  at the end of her studies they acquire three more hectares of primarily Jacquére vines. Domaine  L’Eperviere estate is born in 2008.

The winery is modernized to produce the finest white wines. Fermentation is now regulated in stainless steel tanks at low temperature. Marketing begins in 2012, and a new variety is planted that year. Slowly new wines are created: Les Jumelles and Habanera are born in 2013, Eugénie in 2015.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Appellation: Apremont
  • Clay and limestone soils
  • Exposure: Full East
  • Average vine age: 50-60 years
  • Trellis system: simple Guyot
  • Harvest: September
Harvest Notes

The 2018 harvest began at the end of August. A very sunny year. The conditions were optimal to obtain high quality grapes. The wines express notes of ripe white fruits, spicy balsamic while keeping a nice minerality.

  • Harvested mechanically
  • 48 hours cold settling
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • Matured 5 months on lees in stainless steel, 3000 liter tanks
  • Aged in bottle 6 months
Winemaker's Notes

Apremont “Les Jumelles” is a product of grapes selected within the oldest vineyard of the property. Exposure is ideal and grapes are picked at optimum maturity. This wine comes from one of the most beautiful vineyards of the Apremont Appellation.

The first aromas reveal empyreumatic, smoky notes, then an intense expression with a rural profile, accompanied by notes of flowers, brioche, amylics: rifle stone, civet, breadcrumbs, seringat, citrus zest, banana, vine peach and lemon balm. The palate is tender and nervous with minerality.

Pair with pike dumplings, fish tajine, chicken curry.

Wine Summary

Made from 100% Jacquère grapes; alcohol 11.5%; vine age 50 – 60 years; clay and limestone soils; grapes  cold soaked for 48 hours; fermented on lees in 3000 liter stainless steel tanks; no malolactic fermentation; aged 4 months in tank; aged 6 months in bottle.

Technical Information
  • 100% Jacquère grapes
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Estate bottled: April 2019

General Info

Country France
Region Savoie
Appellation(s) Apremont, Abymes
Proprietors Gerard & Julie Portaz
Founded 2008
Winemaker Gerard & Julie Portaz
Annual Production  1500 9L cases