Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Cerdon du Bugey from Domaine Renardat-Fâche.
Elie Renardat-Fâche. Photo by Alex Finberg.


The Bugey, halfway between Lyons and Geneva, is one of the tiniest and most obscure wine areas in France. Although the altitude is modest, the terrain is very mountainous, the roads are steep and winding as in the Alps, and the villages are built for cold winters – the houses made of gray/white limestones all bunched together on narrow streets.


This interview of Elie Renardat-Fâche took place in a bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco in March 2011.


This visit at Domaine Renardat-Fâche took place in June, 2013.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Maya Pedersen.

Elie Renardat-Fâche is huge!


A.O.C Bugey "Cerdon du Bugey"
Soil: Jurassic limestone
Grapes: Gamay, Poulsard
Viticulture: Certified organic by Ecocert
Vinification: grapes are fermented at low temperatures in tanks to obtain a sweet, low alchohol wine. This partial fermentation preserves the softness, aromas and color of the grapes. Because the alcoholic fermentation has not yet peaked, the wine retains its yeasts and fermentation continues after bottling. Once this second fermentation occurs, the remaining yeasts are filtered out and the wine is rebottled.