The Altesse is a fragile vine plant (brittle wood, flower sensitive to coulure, grape variety prone to disease, …). The Altesse has tight and small grapes that produce random yields by year.
The origin of this grape variety remains a mystery so far… A beautiful story would bring it from Cyprus, Hungary or elsewhere… According to one of the many theories, this grape variety was set up between the 13th and 14th century. But it was in the 16th century that the baron of Lucey, Claude de Mareste, highlighted it on the hillside of “Les Altesses” in Lucey.
The Altesse is a truly interesting grape variety which is influenced by the terroirs and then reflects the diversity of soils, climates, vintages… offering us wines with very different profiles.
The wine from this grape variety is called Roussette de Savoie, because the grape berries turn red when they reach maturity.
It will give generous, full-bodied and aromatic wines with floral, spicy, white fruits and honey notes.