Roger Labbe’s Abymes, 2009

By NICHOLAS AMMATURO on July 11th, 2010

This is another perfect addition to your summer arsenal of exceptional wines. Dave the wine God recommended this to me and the story behind it is just as good, if not better than the wine itself. Here is the story from the distributors website:

This wine domaine was founded by the fathers of Alexandra and Jarome in 1975. At the time, their parents were subsistence farmers (a little bit of everything: milk, cows, beef, hay, wheat and some table grapes and wine not worth drinking. To survive economically, one brother, a charcutier (pork butcher) and the other, a construction entrepreneur, worked on the vines on the weekends and in their spare time and planted AC grapes varieties.Two cousins, Alexandra and Jarome took over the domain from their fathers in 2004.

So now that you know a little bit about the family running it, the region is even more influential to why this wine is so unique. The grape is a 100% Jacquère that grows especially well in this region of France.

The Savoie region is an Alpine region in Eastern France neighboring Switzerland with many of its vineyards lying close to the Rhone River as it winds its way from Geneva southward.  Very little of its wines are found outside of the region as they are mostly consumed locally, given the region’s popularity as both a winter and summer vacation destination. “ABYMES” comes from the French word  that loosely translates to broken and refers to the broken stones in the avalanches from the mountains (Alps).

Abymes 2009


Thanks to Dave and the folks over at Michael Skurnik wines for bringing us this exceptionally priced wine at approx $14.00 per bottle.

courtesy of Michael Skurnik Wines Website


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