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Pierre Boniface – Les Rocailles
Pierre Boniface wines are produced at Les Rocailles, a true earthly paradise nestled in the French Alps. When Pierre took over from his father he had a modest business, farming 20 acres and buying grapes from another 20 on handshake deals. Les Rocailles is now one of the biggest and best producers in Savoie, with nearly 50 acres owned and grapes purchased from nearly 60 more! Apremont is the signature wine, accounting for 70% of the production.
Growers like Pierre usually look forward to passing their domains on to their children, but in this case, it was just not meant to be. His daughter Miriam is a computer systems architect (who recently interrupted her doctoral studies to get an MBA from Wharton) and his son is literally a rocket scientist (with a PhD in ballistics, he now works on jet engine design for Pratt & Whitney). Pierre subsequently sold the business to Guillaume Durand and Alban Thouroude, two young men (born and bred in Savoie) with MBA’s from the University of Grenoble. All of the winery/vineyard staff has stayed on, and Pierre will continue to actively consult for 5 years. We can confidently report that quality has never been better! -from the importer, Hand Picked Selections
Tasting Notes: Offers aromas of country hay and citrus with light
floral notes. Vibrant fruit and a voluptuous texture on the palate.
Serve With: Excellent with simple fish or chicken preparations, it can also stand up to richer dishes including veal, butternut squash risotto and more. – from the importer Hand Picked Selections
Tasting Notes: Delicate and feather-light, it offers green apple and floral aromas on the nose. On the palate, it is dry and extremely refreshing, with crystal clear purity.
Serve With: Enjoy on its own, or pair with cheeses (especially fondue) or simple fish, chicken, or pasta dishes. -the importer