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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Méthode Traditionnelle “Petit Royal
70% Molette, 30% Altesse 10-25 years Clay, Limestone 100 ha total
Seyssel Méthode Traditionnelle “Royal Seyssel” Grand Cru Régional
50% Altesse, 50% Molette 20-50 years Clay, Limestone 100 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Sorting is done in the vineyards
• The grapes are hand harvested and immediately transferred to a gentle pneumatic press
• The must undergoes a cold settling (débourbage) and then is racked into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for alcoholic fermentation
• Most years the wines do not undergo malolactic fermentation; in particularly acidic vintages 10% of the wine will undergo malolactic fermentation
• An élevage on the fine lees lasts until the spring after the harvest
• Grape varieties are vinified separately, then blended just before the second (sparkling) fermentation

Méthode Traditionnelle “Petit Royal”:
• A liqueur de tirage is added to launch the second (sparkling) fermentation and the bottles are stocked sur latte for two years
• 0.9g/L dosage
• 12 g/L residual sugar
• Wine comes from a single vintage but it not labeled with a vintage

Seyssel Méthode Traditionnelle “Royal Seyssel” Grand Cru Régional:
• A liqueur de tirage is added to launch the second (sparkling) fermentation and the bottles are stocked sur latte for three to four years
• 0.9g/L dosage
• 10.7 g/L residual sugar
• A vintage wine

MISCELLANEA

“L’Altesse is the historic grape of the area for sparkling wines, and it has existed here since 1393. Its name translates to ‘Highness,’ which I guess makes sense in a place like Savoie. Wines from Altesse are remarkable for their aromatic finesse, elegance, and great aging potential. A second grape called Molette is what they consider the key to Royal Seyssel's success. It is a native Savoie variety, descended from Gouais, with small compact clusters and tiny berries of golden yellow and remarkable acidity. They are a perfect combo for a vin Clair.”
– Lyle Railsback

General Information

Country
France
Region
Savoie
Appellation(s)
Seyssel
Producer
Gérard Lambert, Olivier Varichon
Founded
2008
Annual Production
16,600 cases
Farming
Lutte Raisonnée
Website
http://www.lambert-de-seyssel.com

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