Domaine des Ardoisieres is a 17-acre wine estate overlooking the town of Freterive in the shadow of Mont Blanc in the French Alps near the Swiss border. Years of painstaking work went into re-planting two main vineyard sites planted to the local Savoie varietals of Altesse, Roussanne, Mondeuse Blanche, Malvoisie and Jacquere. The vines overlook the villages of Cevins and St Pierre de Soucy on steep, rocky slopes that have been farmed biodynamically from the beginning. The soil of Cevins is mainly mica schist metamorphic rock, sericite schist and sandy loam with very little clay, while the soil of St. Pierre de Soucy is mainly made up of sedimentary rocks, schistose marls of the Jurassic and clay-limestone. A blend of 40 year old (average) Chardonnay and Mondeuse Blanche planted at high altitude (450m) on steep schist-based hillsides, vinified with some Jacquère from Apremont (limestone scree) and aged in fiberglass for nine months. A perfectly balanced weight and tension, with smoky notes on the nose, very frank, pure and at ease on the palate, with ripe lemon fruit, and intense mineral character.