Producer Profile

Maison Yves Duport

Over four generations, the estate has expanded to nearly 10 hectares in the rugged terrain, carefully matching three main soil types with corresponding varietals: Montagnieu's white marl clay for Altess (Roussette) and Mondeuse, silica and limestone soils for Chardonnay on moraine hillside slopes, and clay and limestone mountain scree soils for Pinot Noir. Yves collaborates with neighboring winemakers to produce his cuvees, with about half the production being Bugey blanc, 30% Bugey method traditionnelle, and 20% Bugey rouge. Yves tends to all the vines, eschewing chemicals and working with nature, soil, and climate, acting as a quiet conductor in the cellar as the forces of nature coalesce. -Domaine Yves Duport

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Where The Wines Come From


Bugey, nestled in the eastern foothills of the French Alps, is emerging as a promising region for natural winemaking. With its rugged terrain, diverse microclimates, and ancient soils, Bugey offers a unique terroir for sustainable viticulture. Natural winemakers in the region prioritize organic and biodynamic farming practices, cultivating indigenous grape varieties such as Gamay, Mondeuse, and Altesse with minimal intervention. By eschewing chemical additives and focusing on natural fermentation, they produce wines that reflect the region's pristine landscapes and alpine freshness. Bugey's natural wines are known for their purity, elegance, and expressive fruit flavors, with reds offering vibrant berry notes and whites showcasing crisp acidity and floral aromatics. As the demand for authentic and terroir-driven wines continues to grow, Bugey remains at the forefront of France's natural wine movement, offering a taste of its unique terroir and artisanal winemaking traditions with each bottle.