"We are
open-minded,
but we want to produce clean wines"

"We are
open-minded,
but we want to produce clean wines"

Guillaume Bellona and Romain Dupont - Domaine Les Aricoques

Feb 02, 2023

F r a n g y | Savoie

Domaine Les Aricoques was founded by two High School friends, Guillaume Bellona and Romain Dupont. The duo both pursued education in wine after highschool in two different directions. Being from the Savoie, there is a strong focus on Gastronomy and how that goes with local wines. This is where their passion started, it was part of their local culture and language. Romain spent time working in different vineyards around the globe, including Chile, New Zealand. He also spent time in France with Stephane Ogier, Domaine Giachino, and one of our favorite producers, Prieure Saint Christophe. Guillaume spent the beginning of his career in Paris as a Sommelier before starting a wine shop in Meribel.

Fun fact, he also co-produced the movie “Wine Crush” in 2017. Being close friends with a lot of our favorite winemakers Francois & Justine Petit-Boxler, Adrien Dhondt, and Guillaume Selosse helped push them to create their own domaine starting in 2021!

Viticulture and Vinification

They started their Domaine in the Savoie. It was only natural and the place they truly believe in the terroir. They found a vineyard in Frangy, or more accurately, they found Frangy and knew they needed to find a vineyard there.

They believe there is a freshness and tension that comes from Frangy that is unique and compelling In the vineyards, they are using native grape varieties, like Altesse and striving to let the vines show what they can do within this terroir. Working with biodynamic and phytotherapy practices they believe they will fully capture Frangy’s freshness and give us the same feeling of intrigue and love it did to them when they discovered it.

The Wines of Domaine Les Aricoques

2021 Domaine Les Aricoques Vin de France Gamay Pan

ASSEMBLAGE Gamay
SOIL Moraine
VINE AGE 50 year old vines
FERMENTATION 80% De-stemmed
AGING 6 months concrete eggs

2021 Domaine Les Aricoques Roussette de Savoie Pan

ASSEMBLAGE Altesse
SOIL Moraine
VINE AGE 50 year old vines
FERMENTATION Direct pressing, Settling for 12 hours. Fermentation in egg-shaped vats
AGING 6 months concrete eggs

2021 Domaine Les Aricoques Vin de Savoie Rouge

ASSEMBLAGE  20% Gamay 80% Mondeuse
SOIL  Glacier Moraine, South and Southwest facing vineyards
VINE AGE  30 year old vines
FERMENTATION  90% De-stemmed, 10 days of maceration with a short daily pump over
AGING  1 year in 350L 2 year old barrels, no filtration before bottling

2021 Domaine Les Aricoques Roussette de Savoie

ASSEMBLAGE  Altesse
SOIL  Glacier Moraine, South and Southwest facing vineyards
VINE AGE  50 year old vines
FERMENTATION  Direct pressing, settling in 12 hours. Fermentation in 400L 4-5 year old barrel
AGING  1 year on the lees, no filtration before bottling