Our estate




Our estate

At the foot of the majestic Mount Granier, nestling in a settingof vineyards and mountains, the Storeroom of the Palace, property of the Bernard family since 1700, makes seniority rhyme with technicality. The domain is run by René Bernard and his daughter Béatrice. It is situated in the transverse valley of Chambéry in the municipality of Apremont, a wine village par excellence. Our vineyard covers 7 hectares.
With a little more than 200 hectares of vineyards and a rich wine-producing heritage, the vineyard of Apremont is the symbol of the village which has shaped its landscape and its land around this ancestral culture.

Ground and soil

The vineyard of Apremont is situated on the east slope of the mountain Joigny which falls northward in the direction of the transverse valley of Chambéry. The main element of the soil is constituted of very thick white limestone on the surface. This white limestone constitutes the base of the Cretaceous period and contains fossils. Above this limestone is the black soil rich in humus, the thickness of which varies according to the plots of land. This ground is a mixture of humus, marl and deposits from former moraine glacial periods; we can also find pebbles brought by former glaciers. The vines found in this predominantly chalky and pebbly ground their favourite type of soil.

Our slope

Facing east, it benefits from a period of sunshine direct from the south right from the morning and takes advantage of the microclimate specific to Apremont with little rain. The vines grow in a landscape bathed by sun alongside cherry trees, almond trees and fig trees. It has allowed the cicadas to settle on our slope.

The work of the vineyard

It continues in the respect of traditions. We strike a balance in an environmental concern to protect the vineyard and the surrounding environment.
We encourage digging and ploughing to enhance the bacterial life of the soil and the rooting of the vines. We thin out the bunches of grapes and the leaves and prune the vines well back to maximize the yield.

Grape harvests and wine making

The grapes are harvested by hand throughout the vineyard. We wait for the grapes to attain optimal maturity before we begin then we take the best of what nature offers us.
We proceed with soft pressing followed by static racking.
Fermentation is slow at a low temperature between 18 and 20 °.
Our wines are fermented from 4 to 10 months on fine dregs before being bottled. We do not use new wood to bring out the best of the fruity, fresh characteristics of our Savoyard vines.

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Le Cellier du Palais Village de l'église - 73190 Apremont
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