A unique and very rare white grape variety
There is not much information about this strange grape variety but we do know that it was brought to Mendoza by Tiburcio Benegas towards the beginning of the previous century. As far as we know the grape variety is original from France (some people here in Mendoza say it originated in Grasse while some others mention the Southern Rhone…) and that it was historically used as a table grape. Because of its natural and almost extreme high acidity, the grape lost its appeal as a table grape and therefore disappeared.
While being unique, the main characteristics behind this wine are its low alcohol level (11.50%) its great, fresh, and natural acidity (7.5 grams/liter), mineral and citric characteristics in the mouth with very distinctive aromas of white peach, pineapple, and white flowers.
Cristian Allamand found the grape being part of the abandoned vineyard where our winery today is located (a very old plot of white grapes all mixed up in the same rows where you could find mainly Chardonnay and Saint Jeannet with some odd plants here and there of Ugni Blanc and Pedro Ximenez). Cristian and his father Raymond Stanislas Allamand took cuttings of the old vines and propagated them on their “La Lucita” vineyard in the district of El Carrizal, part of the department of Lujan de Cuyo. Planted in 2009, the 1.2 hectares of Saint Jeannet from the “La Lucita” vineyard (more in the making…) are the only source of this grape for our Allamand Cuvee Saint Jeannet 2015 and probably the only vineyard that produces a wine made of Saint Jeannet in Argentina.
The grapes were hand picked on April 10th with a total production of 750 cases.