Wine is one of the most important aspects of your dining experience, too many as important as the meal itself. A day skiing the pistes should be rewarded with a great time at the dinner table and while we are proud of our excellent house wines, we know some clients will be after a little more.
Having worked as Head Sommelier for 2 star restaurants in Australia, Ben has been fortunate enough to rub shoulders with some of the very best in the business, from viticulturists to winemakers both as a buyer and in their vineyards and wineries, it's something we at Atlas Ski Co are not prepared to leave as an after thought.
Below is a selection of our reserve list that can be ordered on the night in your chalet, or pre-ordered to ensure we have the stock levels on hand to look after you.
Of course, if you would like to request a specific wine or style of wine, let us know and we'll do our very best to track something down for you.
PROSECCO - NV Naonis Prosecco, Friuli, Italy
WHITE - 2021 Passage du Sud Vermentino / Viognier, Southern France
RED - 2020 Fico Grande Sangiovese, Emigila Romagna, Italy
CHAMPAGNE - NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve, Champagne, France €50
I believe the Pol Roger Brut Reserve to be the dark horse of the region. Though one of the best known producers it sits aside from the houses that look to marketing to tell their story, Pol Roger says all it needs to in the glass. Elegant and revealing on the nose with soft brioche, quince, stone fruit and citrus flowers, it's the palate that really makes this wine. The mouthfeel is textured, broad and yet fine and delicate, refreshing but still rich, powerful and subtly asks for your attention with baked quince, apricot and other levels of stone fruit and sweet spices like cardomom and anise.
CHAMPAGNE - NV Larmigny Brut Cuvee Speciale, Champagne, France €25
A champagne to offer quality at a great price point, Chamagne Larmigny is full of apple, citrus fruits and a generous mouthfeel, it's pinot meunier dominant and that brings to the wine an admirable level of complexity and texture. It's long and fine on the finish and is delicious as an aperitif.
WHITE - 2021 A&M Quénard Chignin Vieilles Vignes, Chignin, France - €12
Grown and produced near Chambery, a mere 2 hours away from Morzine, and made from the Jacquère grape which a speciality of the Savoie region. This is a tasty, fragrant white wine with delicate white florals, green apple, and some hazelnut character. Produced from fruit planted in the 1930's, this wine is a lovely alternative to a Pinot Grigio or Soave. It can be interesting and correct enough to demand your attention, yet equally drinkable.
WHITE - 2021 Marieta Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain - €18
From the Rias Baixas region of North Western Spain, the Albarino grape is seafoods very best friend. This is made by Bodegas Martin Codax, one of the most reliable in the region thanks to winemaker Katia Álvarez. This take on the grape is little different from the norm, being off dry, with a little residual sugar left unfermented to give it some natural sweetness. Pulpy, apple, grapefruit and jasmine, this wine delivers with a spicy dish aswell as it's natural bedfellow, fish.
WHITE - 2019 Domaine Fouassier Les Chasseignes, Sancerre, France - €25
If you want to drink Sauvignon Blanc you need to be drinking Sancerre. This region in the centre of France lies on the banks of the Loire River, it's calcerous, chalky, limestone soils give the wines grown here a hot stone, mineral character on the palate and excellent depth if cultivated properly. This Domaine uses biodynamic techniques, the flavours being in the citrus, lemon, pink grapefruit vein, with that signature Sauvignon grassiness to the nose.
WHITE - 2021 Jocelyn Raoux Blanc, Lirac, France - €17
If you are looking for something with a bit of muscle and body, this white blend of Clairette and Viognier from the Southern Rhone Valley will deliver. Though quite a pretty nose of white stone fruit, pear, apricot and florals, it's palate is quite weighty and bold. You'll appreciate this wine with many different main course options and it does appreciate being served with food.
WHITE - 2020 Prieure Saint-Come, Chablis, France - €22
Made from the Chardonnay grape, this is a serious wine that demands attention from the moment the bottle is opened. Struck match, oyster shell and a bright citrus flower nose lead into a palate which manages to be both powerful and concentrated, yet still retains a lovely lift. Plenty of acidity and distinctive mineral flavours. This is lovely and a good expression of the region from this under the radar producer.
ROSE - 2020 Jean Orliac L'Hortus Le Loup dans le Bergerie, Pic St Loup, France - €12
Pink wine needs to be 3 things, dry, delicious and balanced. This rose made from Grenache is bright with strawberry and red currant fruits, a textured palate that means you can pay attention to it, or guzzle on the balcony in the sun.
RED - 2020 Produttori di Barbaresco Nebbiolo, Langhe, Italy - €22
A good Nebbiolo is among the finest of red wines. Reaching it's most ethereal heights in the regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, with vineyards handled by some of the worlds most revered producers gain cult status. This wine, labelled as generic Nebbiolo Langhe (Langhe being the name for the wider region), is actually from younger vines within the Barbaresco cru. Lip smackingly delicious tannins, fragrant red/purple summer fruits, dark cherry and summer herbs, though light in colour, it packs a punch on the palate. It's not a smooth crowd pleaser, but one that deserves a bit of attention in the glass and on the palate.
RED - 2019 Bouchard Pere et Fils Coteaux des Moines, Burgundy, France - €15
One of Burgundy's most consistent producers, Bouchard Pere et Fils Bourgogine Rouge, made exclusively from Pinot Noir, is a delicious, light and aromatic red that is best described as a quintessentially correct expression of the grape. Tasty red cherry and currant fruits, red apple like acidity and supple tannins.
RED - 2019 Quinta Nova Pomares, Douro Valley, Portugal - €16
The Douro River runs through northern Portugal and the city of Porto, from which the fortified wine Port takes it's name. It's stunning terraced vineyards of slate and schist soils are home to a multitude of grape varieties that make up the majority of wines from this region, fortified or not. This is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, each bringing different strengths to the wine. Bright, and impressive colour, violet florals, red, blue and purple fruits and wild bush herbs.
RED - 2020 Poggiotondo, Chianti, Italy - €18
Made from the Sangiovese grape, with a dash of Canaiolo and Colorino, this Chianti is organically produced, and has everything a wine bearing it's name should, in spades. The bright red cherry, tabacco leaf and dried oregano flavours on the nose, lead to darker damson fruits on the palate, with Sangiovese hallmark tannin structure, supple, crunchy and correct.
RED - 2021 Jean Orliac L'Hortus Le Loup dans le Bergerie, Pic St Loup, France - €12
Brilliantly quaffable Grenache and Syrah blend from Pic St Loup, Southern France, just north of Montpellier. The wines from this region manage depth in flavour with well structured but supple wines, full of dark fruit character and sweet spices, at every price point, they drink like baby Chateauneuf du Pape and offer brilliant value, this entry level offering from Domaine L`Hprtus is no exception.
RED - 2011 La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France - €25
The second wine of Château Sociando-Mallet, a producer from the Haut Medoc that regular punches above it's station, into the realm of classed growth Bordeaux regularly. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, in it's youth this wine was deep, fruit driven and concentrated, the tannins of the 2011 vintage needing some time to develop with the fruit. In time this has aged well and now we see a classic Bordeaux blend with dark cassis, raspberry and toast and cedar oak. It's a classy wine on the palate, refined and starting to develop those classic bordelaise tobacco notes on the palate with the creme de cassis and dark fruits of the nose matching the palate.
All wines are in stock and ready to be served, though some are in limited quantities.
If you would like a wine decanted in advance or would like to consult us on the best wines for you please drop us a line in advance, whether before your holiday with us or in the day before your dinner.
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