A superb red cellaring wine made by a Swiss icon who has become a proponent of biodynamic cultivation and natural vinification. More info
A new icon of the wine world and a real star of the Swiss vineyard who has managed to perfectly master the steep hillsides of her Valais vineyard. This is thanks to a biodynamic cultivation which, here, you have to admire. This wine turns out to be a clever blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which is reminiscent of a Bordeaux wine. The vines were planted in the early 1990s and draw their nutrients from deep within a fairly poor soil, a limestone soil which is rich in gneiss.
In the cellar, the vinification has only one goal: to bring out the elegance of the grape varieties. The wine is matured for a year in oak barrels with a proportion of new wood which varies according to the vintage. The wine is then blended and this blend is refined in vats for three months.
Made to be aged, this wine resembles one from the Médoc region and reveals a blend of aromas carried by notes of graphite, black fruits and mushrooms. Aromas which lead into a dense palate structured by beautiful tannins. We recommend several years of cellaring for this wine before enjoying it with dishes full of character such as a tournedos Rossini, roasted goose with chestnuts or a seven-hour roast lamb with rosemary and beans.
Marie-Thérèse Chappaz took over the running of the domain in 1987, which at the time was composed of a hectare and a half of vines in the Valais in Switzerland. She has expanded the domain – now 10 hectares – spread out in a patchwork of small parcels on hillsides, at between 400 and 600 metres above sea level. The vineyard has Demeter biodynamic certification. This renowned winemaker has been recognized for contributing to the reputation of Swiss wines: in 1996, she was named ‘winemaker of the year' by Gault&Millau, then ‘icon of Swiss wine' in 2016. She produces exceptional biodynamic wines. The domaine is particularly known for its production of Petite Arvine, a very rare white grape variety native to Switzerland.
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