Discover Bugey with Yves Duport
Bugey remains a relatively unknown wine-growing region located between Lyon and Geneva. Often overshadowed by Savoie to the East, the two were lumped together until 2009 when the appellation was created, 37 years after the first application! Today the AOC Bugey has approximately 500ha of land under vine and represent around 80 winemakers for 55 growers. The majority of these domaine are small, family owned, and independent. A third of the vineyards are already farmed organically, and another 40% farmed under HVE (Sustainable) practices, which takes the total to 75% of the vineyards being sustainably looked after.
The focus of the appellation is on quality, elegant wines. The total ABVs are kept in check by the Bugey Syndicate. Most wines will gravitate around the 12% ABV, a very reasonable range compared to the wider Rhône area. The region has a reputation for superb sparkling wines (Crémants) but also a totally unique style: Cerdon, a sweet, bright pink ancestral method sparkling (Pet Nat) with an ABV of 6.5%-8.5% - think Asti meets Lambrusco! Sparkling accounts for 60% of production, reds from Pinot Noir, Gamay, Mondeuse and whites from Chardonnay.
Domaine Yves Duport was built over 4 generations. Yves now farms ten hectares, half of which are white varieties, Altesse and Chardonnay, and the remainder Pinot Noir and Mondeuse. The geology is similar to Savoie – fragmented parcels of vines planted on steep slopes above the valley floor. Yves’ are all south facing and planted on mixed limestone soils. Since 2007, all the vines are farmed organically with some biodynamic practices.
Yves wines are great examples of what the region has to offer, at an incredible Burgundy-beating value.