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La Vigne Du Perron

Bugey is a place much overlooked when people think of the great alpine wine-growing regions of France. But it’s here, in this place sandwiched between Switzerland, Savoie, Jura, Beaujolais and lazily woven through by the Rhone, that you find a land of forests and mountains, clear rivers and gently rolling fields that produces some of the most pure, mineral and incredibly expressive wines going round.

François Grinand is one of the small but dedicated group of low interventionist vignerons working with varieties indigenous to Bugey (and some that may seem more familiar from the surrounding areas) such as pinot noir, monduese, gamay, jacquere, chardonnay and altesse.

Based in Villebois - a village snuggled against the aforementioned Rhône – he has been farming close to 3 hectares on the steep limestone slopes rising up behind the village since he quit work as a piano teacher in the early 90’s and returned to his home town.
François works using aspects of organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard, and with a slow and considered approach in the cellar.

Vine age varies between 8 and 60 years old and he usually utilises direct pressing for the white wines and whole bunch maceration with gentle pigeage for most of the reds. The wines are aged for up to 12 months in old French oak, and may sometimes have just a touch of sulphur added if deemed necessary. The consideration and care taken throughout the entire process is evident in the ‘finished’ wines, and François is deservedly at the centre of the wave of dedicated and talented vignerons helping to continue the legacy and rejuvenate the culture of winemaking in Bugey.