Jacquère is arguably the most important white wine grape varietal of the Savoie wine region in eastern France. It's exact heritage and first reference and use of the name Jacquère is around 1868 by the French ampelographer Pierre Tochon, when describing vineyards and vines in the hilly region known as Abimes de Myans.
DNA analysis is still working on parentage, but current research suggests Jacquère is one of the many offspring of Gouais Blanc, the other is unknown though thought to be of French origin. The varietal is typically very productive, though early budding in marginal climates can be an issue, it ripens mid-to-late in the growing season, and gives best results when the vine is pruned short is style. The varietal seems to thrive in clay-limestone and rocky soil types.

 

The Jacquère grape varietal which is found primarily in the Savoy wine region of France. Is a high-yielding vine variety which is used to produce lightly scented, and a dry style white wine, such as Vin de Savoie. Jacquère is the grape used in Apremont wines, and is the wine usually paired with cheese fondue (a dish from the region). It is also found in Bugey wines.
Furthermore, Jacquère has been grown in some Condrieu vineyards, but it is officially not allowed to be used in Condrieu Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée wine. After some increased plantings in the 1980s, it has remained at a constant area of about 1027 hectares (last recorded in 2009) in France since the 1990's.
In the Savoie wine region - it typically produces light, freshly scented wines, and best in a dry style, and at their best when enjoyed in their youth. Interesting in Condrieu in the northern Rhône Valley, it is not allowed in the appellation.
Vines in Savoie are often planted on mountain slopes, with altitudes ranging between 250m - 550m. Despite their elevation, Savoie vineyards enjoy a surprisingly warm microclimate due to the southern sun exposure and the moderating effects of nearby rivers and lakes.
The classic Appellations for Jacquère are; Apremont, Abymes and Chignin - but you can find many Blanc de Savoie based on it in other places, such as our lovely Coutaz.
Also in the Savoie region - Jacquère is the most widely planted grape varietal, accounting for just over 50% of all the plantings. It produces early-drinking, low alcohol, lively, crisp dry wines. The wines flavours range from floral (white flowers) and fruity (pear, white peach, grapefruit) to mineral and flinty. The wines have a natural high level of refreshing acidity which results in bright citrus fruit characters in the wines. This natural trait makes for a good wine pairing with seafood, and, even though most people drink them when skiing in the winter, they are an ideal choice during summer. Jacquère is usually and best enjoyed young, while it still displays its clean minerality and lively citrus personality.