The annual migration of winter-sports enthusiasts to the Alps each winter provides such a ready market for the wines of Savoie that they have been under-appreciated by export markets. This is a pity as they have much to commend them: distinctive local grape varieties, a strong sense of terroir and an inimitable mountain freshness. Happily, they are now starting to draw wider attention and gain some richly deserved critical recognition. The I.N.A.O.'s decision, in 2014, to inaugurate Savoie as France's eighth Appellation Contrôlée for the production of bottle-fermented sparkling 'Crémant' has certainly helped the region's wine makers from a P.R. perspective. Our long-standing suppliers, the Tiollier brothers from Domaine de l'Idylle in Cruet, were quick off the blocks with their inaugural release made from a blend of Jacquère and Roussette. It has a bracing Alpine bouquet, lively mousse, crisp orchard-fruit palate and an elegant, dry finish; so is just the ticket for celebrating a British bronze medal in the luge or skeleton bob. They also use Jacquère to make a lovely still white wine called 'L'Orangerie'. It has subtle orange blossom scents and a zesty, citrus-edged palate and makes a versatile aperitif or partner to shellfish. A second old-vine bottling called 'Vieille Vigne de l'Idylle' has greater concentration and depth and stands up well to raclettes or fondue Savoyarde. A red Mondeuse has ripe hedgerow aromas scents and flavours, peppery undertones and supple tannins and makes a fine partner to charcuterie or small game such as woodcock or grouse.