Valais

Valais

The canton of Valais is the pre-eminent winegrowing region in Switzerland today.

Classic unique wines like Fendant and the famous Dôle blend
Lovely complex whites from ancient grape varieties like Petite Arvine and Amigne
Incredible dry fruity rosés - Oeil de Perdrix and Dôle Blanche
Smooth silky reds of Pinot Noir, Gamay and new creations like Diolinoir
powerful reds from indigenous and international grape varieties like Syrah that rival anything produced elsewhere in Europe

If you know what you are looking for pick a section below, or just browse down the page to go through all the wines. Be warned, there's quite a lot

Geography & Climate

Vines are grown along an 80km strip of the Rhône valley, which extends from Martigny to Brig. This is a glacial valley (the Valais still has many glaciers), with a relatively flat valley floor, and in many places extremely steep hillsides. Some vineyards are on slopes of as much as 70 degrees, and construction and maintenance of these are thus very labour intensive and hence costly.

Much wine here is grown at quite high altitudes; that from the valley floor and lower slopes is up to around 650m above sea level, but some comes from some of the highest vineyards in Europe, at Visperterminen in the Haut Valais, where vines thrive at altitudes of well above 1000m.

The Valais climate is very dry, often bordering on drought; in fact this part of the Rhône valley is of the driest valleys in the Alps, with the surrounding mountains preventing access by rainclouds. Summers are hot, winters and early spring cold, though tempered by the warm dry "foehn" winds blowing up from the mediterranean. A wide range of grape varieties is grown in the Valais, reflecting the varied terrain, historical isolation, a rich viticultural recent past and a vibrant winegrowing culture today.

Isolation has meant that the now rare indigenous red and white varieties (Humagne Blanche & Rouge, Petite Arvine, Amigne, Cornalin, Heida, to name but a few) have survived in commercial production. The 19th century saw the introduction of varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chasselas from elsewhere, and more recently other international varieties especially Syrah in the 1950s have been introduced.

Euterpe Sduction Blanche, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

Euterpe Séduction Blanche, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4113056

An incredible blend of the best of the native Valais grapes - Robert's three blends are a legend in the Valais, revealed each year at an art festival organised by the domaine.
This is one of the great wines of the Valais - and it is the wine I have received the most enquiries about, after trade events involving it.

Silver - Vinalies internationales de Paris 2011
Gold - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011


Price: 48.00 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Terpsichore Sduction Rouge, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

Terpsichore Séduction Rouge, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4113057

An incredible blend of the best of the native Valais grapes - Robert's three blends are a legend in the Valais, revealed each year at an art festival organised by the domaine.

Silver - Vinalies internationales de Paris 2011


Price: 54.00 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Fendant (Chasselas AOC Valais)

Fendant (Chasselas AOC Valais)


"Fendant" is the name used widely in the Valais for good quality Chasselas-based wines; which represent some 30% of Valais output. It is derived from the French verb "fendre", meaning "to split", which is exactly what the golden Chasselas grape does if squeezed between thumb and forefinger, rather than becoming squashed.

Fendant is the Swiss white wine most often encountered by tourists to the Valais ski-slopes; minor Fendants will be found as jug-wine in cafés and ski-chalets, with better versions available by the bottle in local inns and restaurants. If you've been skiing in the Valais, you've probably tried it already.

A typical Fendant is fresh and fruity, with a refreshing C02 prickle, and will normally be quite dry, with delicate fruit and racy mineral flavours, often with hints of smoke and gunflint on the nose, and an exquisite bitterness on the finish. A highly flexible wine, Fendant works well both as an apéritif and with food - a wine for all circumstances.

The Chasselas grape used for Fendant is highly expressive of terroir, and there are some quite notable differences between wines grown in different parts of the Valais. Wines from around Sion are fresh and rich; those from Ardon and Vétroz stimulatingly dry; those from Martigny have a fragrant bouquet. Perhaps the best come from the areas around Sierre, Chamoson, and Saillon, which combine fruit and an exquisite bitterness on the finish; here some truly memorable Fendants can be found, and our range of Fendant wines is strongly focused on those from Chamoson. Good examples age well, and after 5 years or so will lose their youthful character and can develop complex nutty and honeyed flavours.

Ideally, drink a bottle of Fendant on the day you open it (not much of a hardship!). It will keep in the fridge for a day or two once opened, but will lose the slight C02 prickle, an integral part of the character of the wine; this is especially so if you use a wine saving vacuum device - totally "flat" Fendant just isn't the same.


Fendant Terra Helvetica AOC Valais, Valais, Switzerland

Fendant Terra Helvetica AOC Valais, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: FENDANTHELVETICA

A typical every day Fendant from Valais - now back in stock on July 26

A light and fruity nose, with a mineral hints of flint. On the palate, accents of rhubarb and pineapple, with the same underlying mineral flint note.


Total Price: 15.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

Vintage
Fendant Terra Helvetica 2012 16.20 Inc. VAT

 
Fendant Balavaud Grand Cru, Cave Jean-Ren Germanier

Fendant Balavaud Grand Cru, Cave Jean-René Germanier [CH] Ref: 4113039

A brilliant example of a Fendant from the Vétroz terroir in Valais with a full fruity nose and flinty minerality on the palate combined with the tradtional smoothness of a Swiss Chasselas


Price: 22.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Fendant

Fendant "Tremazieres" 2011, Simon Maye & Fils SOLD OUT [CH] Ref: 4112051

Will return in July

This is a really excellent Fendant, one of the best I've tasted. A very pale yellow, with a perfumed nose of fruit and minerals. On the palate the first thing that hits you is the slight CO2 prickle followed by dry smooth minerality and hints of grapefruit; there is excellent length, dry, with hints of honey, stone, and gunflint, and an exquisite bitterness, leaving you wanting more...

This is a racy wine, elegant, just lovely. Which is nothing less than you would expect from this excellent maker, widely regarded as one of Switzerland's best. 11.5% ABV.


Was: 21.84 (Including VAT at 20%)


Fendant

Fendant "Moette" 2011, Simon Maye & Fils LAST FEW [CH] Ref: 4112052

The premium Fendant in our range. The grapes for Moette come from steep terraced slopes at Ardon, to the west of Sion and not far from the Rhone. Soils here are principally well-drained limestone, and there is excellent exposure to the sun. The grapes are harvested manually, and after careful pressing, alcoholic fermentation takes place slowly at 20° C, with no malolactic fermentation. The wine rests on the lees till the beginning of March and is bottled in April.

A very pale yellow-green, with a nose of wisteria, citrus and asian pear. Plenty of clean crisp citrussy fruit on the palate, underpinned with a vibrant minerality, and a fine salty acidity. This Fendant is built for the long haul - keeps up to 10 years - and is a perfect partner for freshwater fish, and seafood generally. Works well on its own as an apéritif.

Serve 8 - 10° C.
ABV 12.0 %


Price: 22.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 

Dole & Goron


Dôle and its lesser cousin Goron are well-known Valaisan red wines - they are not grape varieties as such - rather they are blends of Pinot Noir and Gamay (and occasionally with a very small percentage of other grapes). To qualify as Dôle, natural sugar levels in the constituent grapes must pass certain levels - if not, the wine is declassified as Goron - a light rustic quaffing wine with which we are not further concerned. However within this simple definition there is a wide variety of offerings; the ratio of the two varieties varies from 51% Pinot Noir:49% Gamay through to 100% Pinot Noir (Goron is permitted more Gamay). Generally speaking, the wines with higher proportions of Pinot Noir are better, and as we follow the river Rhône westwards towards Lake Geneva, the proportion of Pinot Noir gradually decreases. Also, since 1993, growers have been allowed to add 10% of other grape types. There is speculation as to whether this is a good thing - optimists contend that the addition of varieties such as Syrah will improve overall quality - time will tell.

Dôle can vary in quality from a light insipid confected wine right through to lovely complex and long-lasting examples - serious stuff indeed. The best examples are from the area around Chamoson and Sierre.

Dôle and Goron are to Valais reds what Fendant is to white - a staple offering in the region. Skiers in the Valais are equally likely to have come across these wines as they are to have encountered Fendant.


Dole Terra Helvetica AOC Valais 2012, Valais, Switzerland

Dole Terra Helvetica AOC Valais 2012, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4113008

A typical everyday Swiss Pinot Noir - now back in stock.

In the nose very fruity - black cherry, mostly - with earthy notes evocative of autumnal woods.
On the palate, the same notes of wild cherry and wild woods, with well balanced tannins which give this wine a pleasant finish.


Price: 16.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Dle du Valais 2009 Caroline, Daniel Dufaux, Badoux Vins, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland

Dôle du Valais 2009 Caroline, Daniel Dufaux, Badoux Vins, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110157

This classic Dôle is a deep pastel red with granite tinges, and aromas of fruit, smoke, and dusky spice. On the palate it is soft and gentle, with lovely smooth fruit, and a spicy dry earthiness. Good length, dry and spicy. Nice with pasta.


Price: 19.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Dole Tradition, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

Dole Tradition, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4113053

Dole is a classic blend in Swiss Valais - Pinot Noir and Gamay. This blend works so amazingly well it is surprising that it hasn't been copied the world over (they are starting to discover it in Savoie).

The Dole blend manages to balance interesting complexity and fruityness in a wine that is deliciously easy drinking when young and develops warmth and spice when ageing.

One of the best Doles I found in 2013 - complex, interesting, excellent and sooo easy drinking. A very special wine.

Price: 32.28 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Dle de Chamoson 2009 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson

Dôle de Chamoson 2009 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson [CH] Ref: 4110138

This Dôle is made from Pinot Noir amd Gamay grown on alluvial soils composed of sand, gravel, and clay and with a high silt content, close to Chamoson. Harvesting is manual, and these grapes were picked with 92° Oechsle.

The grapes were de-stemmed prior to vinification; maceration and alcoholic fermentation took place over a 21 day period, with twice daily pigeage (punching down of the cap). The wine is then allowed to mature in concrete tanks until bottling in the July following the harvest.

A dark pastel red with a nose of red berry fruit and a hint of dusty spice; the palate is dominated by fresh Gamay fruit, and there is good body and structure brought by the Pinot Noir. A savoury, slightly earthy character, with excellent length and a long dry finish. Serve around 16-18° C with pâtes, red and white meats, or just on its own. Keeps 3-5 years from bottling. ABV 13%.


Price: 22.55 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Dole Balavaud Grand Cru, Cave Jean-Ren Germanier

Dole Balavaud Grand Cru, Cave Jean-René Germanier [CH] Ref: 4113044

Dôle --a traditional Swiss blend-- combines the elegance and body of Pinot Noir with the fruitiness and structure of Gamay.
This is a very balanced and harmonious red wine that pairs well with white and red meats including dried and cured meats.


Price: 22.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 

Rosé - Oeil de Perdrix and Dôle Blanche INVISIBLE

These are complex rosé wines made from the free run juice of either Pinot Noir or Dôle - made in parallel with top Pinot Noir wines or Dôle. This helps concentrate the red wines, but also produces a unique type of rosé.

We are currently out of Valais Rosé - waiting for the ones we want to be bottled. In the meantime we have two delicious ones from Geneva here!

Valais White Grape Varieties


There is a fascinating selction of indigenous white grape varieties found in the Valais; most of these are known only within Switzerland, and are not often seen outside their region of production. They are amongst the rarest grape varieties in the world, and many are grown at very high altitudes, some (those from Vispertermin) from the highest-altitude vineyards in Europe. We have a selection of these wines; obscure they may be, but they are also excellent and from top makers.

Heida (Païen / Traminer)



The Heida grape, also known in French as Païen, is closely related to the Savagnin Blanc grown in the French Jura. In Switzerland, it is grown only in the Valais, principally in the vineyards atound Visperterminen, at an altitude of some 1100 metres above sea level, where the Föhn, a warm southerly wine, helps ripen the grapes. This is a truly old variety; the first written records date from 1586, when it was referred to as "Heyda", but it has been in use much longer. Indeed, the name "Heida"  itself is local patois for "ancient" or "from an earlier time", and the French name "Païen" descends from "Pagan", i.e. before Christianity.

Plantings today are still limited, with just some 15 hectares in commercial production. In the vineyard, Heida's grapes are small and compact, and are yellowish and aromatic. It ripens mid-season - later than Chasselas, but before Petite Arvine. Heida makes, in my view, some of the best Valaisan white wines; these can be complex and powerful, with exotic fruit flavours including quince. Heida ages quite well, and should last 5 years without problems. They can also be versatile when food matching, going well with many vegetable dishes, cold meats, and fish.


Heida du Valais 2009, Daniel Dufaux, Badoux Vins, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland

Heida du Valais 2009, Daniel Dufaux, Badoux Vins, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110155

This wine comes from vineyards on the hillsides around Chamoson, where vines grow on schist soils. The 2009 vintage followed a cold winter, and the vegetative cycle was late starting, but caught up later in the season due to a very hot May and June. An erratic summer with periods of rain followed, and a cool September allowd slow maturation, promoting the concentration of aromas. Vinification was traditional, aging in stainless steel tanks and without malolactic fermentation. A beautiful golden straw yellow with aromas of lemongrass and resin. On the palate good attack, rich, with good structure. Mineral and creamy with yeasty notes. An ideal apéritif, goes well with asparagus, fish dishes, or soft cheeses. Serve at 10 to 12°C.


Price: 25.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Heida Tradition, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

Heida Tradition, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4113054

It is no secret that I love Savagnin - Savagnin (Heida, Paien, Traminer) is one of the great white grapes, so diverse and versatile. This is the traditional Swiss style at its best - crisp, crystalline, rich and dry - from one of the best.

This is the one of Robert's wines I chose to take home.


Price: 32.40 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Heida de Chamoson 2009 & 2011, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Heida de Chamoson 2009 & 2011, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: GIROUDHEIDA



Total Price: 21.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Beerenauslese 37.5cl Heida Mario Chanton

Beerenauslese 37.5cl Heida Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: CHANTONBA

Last few bottles - incredibly complex and crystal pure dessert wine

Total Price: 48.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Petite Arvine

Petite Arvine

The white Petite Arvine is a long-established Valaisan grape variety, and is one of the varieties that makes the Valais so very interesting. It is considered by many to be the quintessential Valaisan white wine grape. Opinion is divided over its origins; it is widely believed to have originated from the region of Martigny, although some think it originates in the Aosta valley in Italy, from where it arrived in Valais towards the end of the Middle Ages. Officially, it is of "unknown origin".

When vinified dry, the wine can be very classy, with excellent structure, a bouquet including aromas of grapefruit, wisteria, rhubarb and honey, and a palate of concentrated fruit, balanced with good acidity, and sometimes a saline note on the
finish. It ages well, and because of these qualities, is popular and is now widely grown in the Valais, where there are today some 115 hectares in various sites along the valley, from Sion to Martigny. The Petite Arvine can be fussy in the vineyard, being frost-sensitive, and requires quite a lot of water, limiting the sites which are suitable. Yields are quite low by Swiss standards, from 0.5-0.7 litres per square meter.

Petite Arvine 2011, F&D Giroud, LAST ONE

Petite Arvine 2011, F&D Giroud, LAST ONE [CH] Ref: 4112015

A perfect complement to seafood, meat platters and cheese, the Petite Arvine also goes wonderfully with warm foie gras. It is also an ideal aperitif wine. The wine brings aromas of orchard in bloom, grapefruit and rhubarb, very delicate and complex in the mouth, and a slight mineral, almost saline note.
Vinification - after slow and careful pressing, a single period of low temperature fermentation and six month of aging in vats guarantee a rich and full-bodied wine while also ensuring finesse and freshness of its aromas.
ABV 13.2%.
Serving temperature 8° - 10°C
Keeps - to 2018+ if correclty cellared.


Price: 21.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Petite Arvine du Valais 2009, Daniel Dufaux, Badoux Vins, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland

Petite Arvine du Valais 2009, Daniel Dufaux, Badoux Vins, Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110156


TN to follow.



Price: 24.60 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Petite Arvine 2008 Borgeaux,

Petite Arvine 2008 Borgeaux, "La Danse des Etoiles", Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4112020

Premium Petite Arvine from the "Danses des Etoiles" range - single vineyard, top selection, elegant ageing in barriques. Definitvely a fine dining wine.


Price: 27.60 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Petite Arvine 2009 Mario Chanton

Petite Arvine 2009 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110145

Petite Arvine, probably originally brought to the Valais by the Romans, is one of the varieties that makes the Valais so interesting, and this is one of the most interesting examples I have come across. Another of Chanton's high altitude wines, made from grapes grown around Varen and Visp, this wine is a delight, with flavours of nettles, grapefruit, and dried apricots, with a pleasing salinity and good acidity, it is the perfect match for all sorts of fish, but especially salmon, and goat and sheeps cheeses.


Price: 29.74 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Petite Arvine 2009 Simon Maye & Fils SOLD OUT

Petite Arvine 2009 Simon Maye & Fils SOLD OUT [CH] Ref: 4110136

Returns this summer

A top-class Petite Arvine, possibly the best vintage of this wine that I have yet tasted, made in tiny quantities (just 5000 bottles a year) by one of Switzerland's best producers, and a highlight of our range.

The grapes for this wine are grown in a small parcel of vines in a location called "Illiarisses", near to Ardon, on arid terraces where Petite Arvine can express its characteristics perfectly. Typical for the region, soils here are principally well-drained limestone. Maye harvests manually, and after careful pressing, there follows slow temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation at around 20° C. The wine remans on the lees till mid-June and is bottled at the end of July.

The grapes are late-harvested, at 107° Oe, which shows in the yellow tinge to the wine; on the nose are aromas principally of zesty citrus, with some wisteria. On the palate it is dry, with flavours of rhubarb and citrus, with good acid structure and an agreeable hint of salinity. The finish is long and dry, with a zesty freshness, and aromas of nuts emerging. Good with fish and milder blue cheeses; fantastic with fruits de mer and other seafood. Keeps 5+ years; serve at 10° C; acidity 4.3 gr/l; ABV 13%. Better availability than the 2008 but still quite limited.

Click on MORE to see a picture of the utterly amazing Illiarisses vineyard where the grapes for this wine are grown.


Price: 31.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Gwss (Gwass)

Gwäss (Gwass)


Gwäss is indeed a rare grape; in 1994, a mere 1.35 hectares were cultivated commercially in the Valais. Gwäss is a synonym for Gouais Blanc, a white grape variety that is believed to have originated in Croatia, and which is important as the ancestor of many modern French and German wine varieties. This may have been the grape given to the Gauls by Probus (Roman Emperor 276-282), who overturned Domitian's decree banning grape growing north of the Alps. By the Middle Ages it was the most widely grown white grape in northeast France and in Central Europe. Gouais blanc was the grape of the peasantry - indeed the name Gouais derives from the old French ‘gou’, a term of derision befitting its traditional status as the grape of the peasants, normally growng on flat land next to the better slopes where the nobility grew Pinot. Having been widely grown in proximity to Pinot, the two varieties had many opportunities to cross, and Gwäss is believed to be parent to many other varieties, the better known of which are modern day Chardonnay, Aligoté, Auxerrois, Gamay, Colombard, and Riesling. The name Gwäss was first recorded in 1823. It's a vigorous high-yielding variety, and traditionally produced wines with high acidity.


Gwss, Mario Chanton

Gwäss, Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: CHANTONGWASS

Chanton's clean winemaking has tamed the acidity, producing a very refreshing wine. It would go well served chilled with lightly spiced Asian food, pasta dishes, or seafood such as mussels and oysters.

The 2006 has aged beautifully, only a few bottles left
The 2010 is ready to drink but should preferably be given a few more years
The 2011 is for laying down

Total Price: 30.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Gwäss Vispertal 2006, Mario Chanton 27.60 Inc. VAT
Gwäss 2010, Mario Chanton 31.20 Inc. VAT
Gwäss 2011, Mario Chanton 31.20 Inc. VAT

 

Lafnetscha and Himbertscha


Lafnetscha, Mario Chanton

Lafnetscha, Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: CHANTONLAFNETSCHA

The Lafnetscha grape is grown exclusively in the Haut Valais. It is believed to be closely related to another indigenous Swiss white grape, the Completer or Blanchier, grown in the Bündner Herrschaft village of Malans in eastern Switzerland. In Valais, only about 1.29 hectares of Lafnetscha is cultivated. The name Lafnetscha comes from "Laff-nit-scha", a local dialect phrase suggesting this wine should not be drunk too young. Lafnetscha wines do indeed have some aging potential if correctly made.

Chanton's Lafnetscha has a light but complex nose of pine forest, linden blossom, bergamot and ripe bananas. On the palate it is quite full-bodied, dry, with good concentration of fruit, and a fresh lively acidity. It is a very refreshing wine which would go well with sauerkraut, pot-au-feu, hors d'oeuvres, shrimp, shellfish, cheese and onion cakes, Raclette, and Fondue.

These ancient variety white wines improve with age, so we recommend buying the oldest vintage available, especially if the wine is for a tasting

Total Price: 33.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Lafnetscha Vispertal 2006 Mario Chanton SOLD OUT 27.60 Inc. VAT
Lafnetscha 2011, Mario Chanton 36.00 Inc. VAT

 
Himbertscha, Mario Chanton

Himbertscha, Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: CHANTONHIMBERTSCHA

Chanton's Himbertscha is a straw-yellow, with aromas of strawberry, hazlenuts, and mango, it is fresh and fruity on the palate, with bright zippy acidity. Try it with fish with lemon, trout, mountain cheese, Raclette, Fondue, Vacherin glacé.

As many of the ancient varieties, Himbertscha benefits from ageing, so our recommendation is to buy the oldest vintage available unless you intend the bottles for laying down



Total Price: 33.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

Vintage
Himbertscha Varen 2006, Mario Chanton 27.60 Inc. VAT
Himbertscha 2011, Mario Chanton 30.00 Inc. VAT

 
Lafnetscha

Lafnetscha "Grandmaître" 2005 Gregor Kuonen & Fils LAST FEW [CH] Ref: 4110058

The Lafnetscha grape is grown exclusively in the Haut Valais. It is believed to be closely related to another indigenous Swiss white grape, the Completer or Blanchier, grown in the Bündner Herrschaft village of Malans in eastern Switzerland. In Valais, only about 1.29 hectares of Lafnetscha is cultivated, and Kuonen have 1 ha of this (80% of world production) in a small vineyard near the town of Brig.

The name Lafnetscha comes from "Laff-nit-scha", a local dialect phrase suggesting this wine should not be drunk too young.


Price: 31.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Humagne Blanche

Humagne Blanche

The Humagne Blanche is the oldest known white grape originating in the Valais. It is cited in a historical document dated 1313, and recording the sale of a vineyard in Sion, which makes reference to the grapes grown - "de Neyrum, de Humagny" and "de Regy" - the first is a black grape, the latter two undoubtedly the Humagne Blanche and the Rèze. It gives a wine rich in iron - 3 times the level found in most other grapes - accounting for its reputed medicinal qualities, in particular in bygone days as a tonic for pregnant women, monks, and bishops! Following the phylloxera outbreak, this variety faced near extinction at the start of the 20th century, and now there is just over 7 hectares planted, making it one of the world's rarest grape varieties. It is a mid-season ripener, with grapes maturing some 7-10 days after the benchmark Chasselas, and produces a moderate yield of grapes with sugar levels which are not particularly high - much of the output is used to make wines of modest alcoholic strength, in the range 10-12% ABV, and which are fresh and drunk young. Better quality wines can give a scented, rich, full-bodied wine with much fruit, a hint of resin, and are of some considerable quality, with excellent aging potential. Humagne Blanche is unrelated to the red Humagne Rouge, despite the apparent similarity in the name.


Humagne Blanche 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Humagne Blanche 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110121


The Humagne Blanche is the oldest known white grape originating in the Valais. It is cited in historical records going back to 1313 under the name "Humani". It gives a wine rich in iron - 3 times the level found in most other grapes - accounting for its reputed medicinal qualities, in particular in bygone days as a tonic for pregnant women, monks, and bishops! Following the phylloxera outbreak, this variety faced near extinction at the start of the 20th century, and now there is just over 7 hectares planted, making it one of the world's rarest grape varieties.

Vinification - Slow and careful pressing, an initial period of low temperature fermentation and six month of aging in vats combine to guarantee a rich, full-bodied wine while also ensuring the cool finesse of the aromas. A Golden Yellow colour, with a powerful floral bouquet, characterized by a subtle mixture of linden blossoms, honey and hazelnuts. The vinosity combines with good acidity to create a fresh, fruity wine with delicate touches of honey and dried fruit followed by a long, fresh finish.

Humagne Blanche is a marvellous accompaniment to mousses, terrines, cold cuts and Alpine cheese.

ABV 12.5%. Drink - now to 2016. Serving temperature 8° - 10°C

In stock - normally sent within one working day, next day delivery
Price: 19.50 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Humagne Blanche Trmadires

Humagne Blanche Trémadières "La Danse des Etoiles", Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: GIROUDHUMBLETOILES

Mentioned in 1313 in a legal document, the Registre d’Anniviers, the Humagne Blanche is one of the oldest varietals grown in the Valais region. Popular tradition traces its origins back to Roman times, and its supposedly high iron content has given it the nickname "vin des accouchées", or "the wine of women who have just given birth". Modern research has called both these legends into question, however. The Humagne Blanche is a varietal that grows only in the Valais region. It is not related to the Humagne Rouge, and almost completely disappeared in the 20th century due to its low yields and susceptibility to disease.

The Humagne Blanche Danse des Etoiles is made from grapes grown on the alluvial cone of Chamoson which are carefully selected by Dominique Giroud from vines with a deliberately small yield of 600 g/m2.
Vinification - slow and careful pressing, a single period of low temperature fermentation and aging in wooden barrels guarantee a maximum full-bodied depth while also ensuring the cool finesse of this wine’s aromas. Twelve months of aging in 400-litre barrels concludes the elaboration of this speciality.
A golden yellow colour with a wonderfully lively bouquet combining white peaches, melon and cashew nuts with a touch of elegant yet discreet vanilla flavour. Aromas - this rich and opulent wine combines a fruity delicacy with hints of vanilla. As the wine matures, walnut and hazelnut notes appear.


Total Price: 25.20 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Resi

Resi

The Rèze, or Resi, grape is, alongside the Heida and Humagne Blanche, one of the oldest white grape varieties still grown in the Valais. Once, Rèze was grown widely here, but in more recent times has suffered serious decline, with less than a hectare remaining in commercial production, around Sierre, and in the alpine vineyards of Visperterminen. Various factors have conspired to cause this; it's hard to grow, has limited yield, and lesser examples can be thin, acidic, and uninspiring. Much of the production from around Sierre is used to make a base wine for the sherry-like Vin des Glaciers, a highly sought-after rarity. Better quality is available in Visperterminen.


Resi (Rze), Chanton Weine, Vispertal, Visp, Valais, Switzerland

Resi (Réze), Chanton Weine, Vispertal, Visp, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: CHANTONRESI

Resi is the ideal partner for traditional platters of dried meat and cheese (assiette valaisanne), or raclette and fondue dishes.

Chanton has re-establshed this variety in a vineyard above Visp, planted in 1990. A pale lemon yellow, the wine has a rich citrus bouquet of citrus and herbs, on the palate smooth, with spice, resin, and bitter almonds, with good acidity. Good length.

These ancient variety white wines improve with age, so we recommend buying the oldest vintage available, especially if the wine is for a tasting.

Total Price: 31.20 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Resi Vispertal 2011, Mario Chanton 33.31 Inc. VAT

 

Johannisberg


Johannisberg 2009 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson

Johannisberg 2009 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson [CH] Ref: 4110125

The grapes for this Johannisberg are grown in a location called "Ravanay" - which has chalky/gravel soils. Harvesting is manual and these grapes were harvested with 95° Oechsle. Slow alcoholic fermentation at a temperature of 20°; the wine rests on the lees till the March following the harvest, prior to bottling. A pale golden yellow, with a velvety smooth texture, and flavours of almonds with strong mineral underpinning. It's quite a low-acid wine, but the minerality ensures it's ageing charateristics. Works well with asparagus, fish, or fine cheeses. Keeps 5 - 15 years; serve at around 12 °C.


Price: 23.70 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Johannisberg de Chamoson Slection Vieilles Vignes 2012, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Johannisberg de Chamoson Sélection Vieilles Vignes 2012, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: GIROUDJOHANNES

Originating in Transylvania, the Johannisberg grape was introduced to Valais in the early 20th Century. The grapes for this wine are over 45 years old and grow on a terraced, steep hillside with rocky clay soils and yield an average of 800g/m2.

A Pale yellow colour, there are floral aromas with traces of gingerbread and marzipan. On the palate the fruity flavours are intense, with hints of cloves. Good long finish, with some spice. Serve around 8-10° C, ABC 12.6%. Keeps: 25+ years. Good now but will improve further with some bottle age. This is a classic aperitif wine but can accompany asparagus cheese, fish and shellfish equally well.


Total Price: 18.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Johannisberg de Chamoson Sélection Vieilles Vignes 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland 18.60 Inc. VAT

 

Amigne


Amigne de Vtroz (2 bees, semi sweet), Cave Jean-Ren Germanier

Amigne de Vétroz (2 bees, semi sweet), Cave Jean-René Germanier [CH] Ref: 4113045

Amigne --a unique Swiss grape from Vétroz-- has a pleasant balance of acidity and sweetness which continues to improve with age. This wine is medium dry and works well as an apperitif or paired with fois gras.


Price: 25.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Amigne de Vtroz Grand Cru (1 Bee, dry), Cave Jean-Ren Germanier

Amigne de Vétroz Grand Cru (1 Bee, dry), Cave Jean-René Germanier [CH] Ref: 4113042

A more complex example of Amigne which unites power with velvety softness.
Pale-yellow wine with crystalline brilliance and an intense nose of ripe fruit and lime flower (linden). Lively and full-bodied on the palate with a harmonious finish. Dry and unique.


Price: 33.60 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Amigne de Vtroz Zeneaux

Amigne de Vétroz Zeneaux "La Danse des Etoiles", Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: GIROUDAMIGNETOILES

Premium Amigne from Giroud. Popular tradition holds that the Amigne grape was introduced to the Valais two millenia ago by the Romans; modern research disputes this idea, but is unable to prove the origin of this variety that prospers around the village of Vétroz, where broken slate soils typical of this region prove an ideal home for it.

The grapes for this wine come from 40 year-old vines from the Abbey of Vétroz, where yields are restricted to 600g/m2. They are pressed slowly and gently, followed by a single fermentation at low temperature to maximise body and roundness while retaining finesse and freshness of aromas. The wine is then aged for 6 months in 400 litre barrels prior to bottling. The optimal maturity of the grapes gives this wine a slight residual sugar level of between 5 and 6 grams.

A pale yellow, with a bouquet characterized by expressive notes of orange peel, mandarin, and a touch of vanilla. On the off-dry palate there is rich citrus fruit, with touches of honey and vanilla. Good acidity, gentle tannic notes, and a slight pleasing bitterness combine to make a well structured yet tender and delicate wine. Keeps up to 10 years. ABV 12.7%.

Serve at 10°-12° C with warm foie gras, freshwater fish dishes, or even mildly spiced Asian cuisine. Also good with desserts based on hazelnuts or almonds.


Total Price: 26.40 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Classic International Whites

Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Ermitage (Marsanne)

Marsanne Reserve, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

Marsanne Reserve, Robert Taramarcaz, Domaine des Muses, Sierre, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4113055

Marsanne is quite a common grape in Valais, having come up the Rhone a century or two ago. Here it is often called Ermitage.

Robert's Fendant is one of the best, and his Petite Arvine is incredibly impressive (as is his Cornalin) but I could only pick a limited number of lines this first time. And this Marsanne was the best I found in 2013 in the Valais - and as I love Marsanne, I could not resist.


Price: 41.21 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2008 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson

Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2008 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson [CH] Ref: 4110133

A very fine Chardonnay made from grapes from vines aged over 45 years, grown around Chamoson on alluviual soils of sand and gravel, with some clay and silt. The grapes were harvested manually at 92° Oe, at a low yield of 40hl/hectare. They were gently pressed, and fermented slowly at a controlled 20°C, matured on the lees in barrel with regular batonnage, and bottled after 2 years. Ample and complex with flavours of pineapple and nuts, this is a truly exceptional wine which goes well with terrines, fish dishes, and soft cheeses. Drink - now to 2016. Serving temperature - 12°C. Acidity 5.3 g/litre. ABV 12.5%.


Price: 34.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Chardonnay Cuve des Reines, Albert Biollaz

Chardonnay Cuvée des Reines, Albert Biollaz [CH] Ref: 4112012

For the white in the superb "Cuvée des Reines" selection, Biollaz and Giroud chose this lovely pale yellow Chardonnay, in the nose all exotic fruit and flower garden. In the mouth, white peach and mild honey, finishing with toasted vanilla.

Eat with antipasto or tapas, seafood, alpine cheeses - or just drink on its own.

Serve at 10-12°

Alcool: 12.8%

Introductory price which will only be available on special cases later.


Price: 18.48 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Brut de Brut 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Brut de Brut 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110130

A delicious sparkling wine made from 100% Chardonnay grapes cultivated in the Valais. The grapes are neither crushed nor destalked. A slow and gentle pressing process and a slow fermentation create a delicate wine; a light yellow with a fine mousse, and a nose of white fruit and almond hints. Brut de Brut is a pleasant and well balanced sparkling wine, lively and elegant. Drink on its own or with white meats and shellfish; serving temperature 6° - 7°C. ABV 13%.


Price: 19.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Ermitage 2009 Mario Chanton LAST FEW

Ermitage 2009 Mario Chanton LAST FEW [CH] Ref: 4110150

Ermitage is the name in the Valais for Marsanne, the North Rhône white grape.


Price: 29.74 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Gewrztraminer 2009 Mario Chanton

Gewürztraminer 2009 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110148

Chanton make a Gewürztraminer a little by accident. The resulting wine is no accident though. Aromatic and spicy - quince and roses - with a lovely minerality coming through. One for Asian dishes, salmon and seafood, traditional sauerkraut, or a good cheese selection.


Price: 27.79 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Riesling 2009 Mario Chanton

Riesling 2009 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110149

A crisp dry and elegant riesling - notes of apple and fresh green


Price: 29.74 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Riesling Mario Trockenbeerenauslese 2008 Mario Chanton

Riesling Mario Trockenbeerenauslese 2008 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110152

Another masterpiece from Chanton - vanilla, peach and honey, perfectly balanced.


Price: 50.70 (Including VAT at 20%)


 

Valais Red Grape Varieties

As with the whites, so too is there a selection of indigenous red grape varieties found in the Valais, equally obscure and hardly known outside Switzerland. Some, such as the Cornalin, make stunning powerful wines. Again, we offer a selection of these rarities.


Rouge du Pays (Cornalin)

This wine's name used to be "Rouge du Pays" but was revived using the name Cornalin in the 20th century.

Probably the oldest red grape variety grown in the Valais, the Cornalin is referred to in documents as old as the 9th century. Until the end of the 19th Century this local vine was the most common variety in the Canton. Due to irregular yields and a magnesium shortage in the soil, the "Rouge du Pays" had almost disappeared by the end of the 20th century. Fortunately the Cornalin has experienced a revival in the last 15 years, but it still remains rare.

This is not the same as Cornalin in Aoste (which is the same grape as Humagne Rouge)

Cornalin du Valais 2009, Badoux Vins SOLD OUT

Cornalin du Valais 2009, Badoux Vins SOLD OUT [CH] Ref: 4110160


A lovely example of a wine made from rare Cornalin grapes grown on the hillsides of the right bank of the Rhône near Sion, on gravel and shale soils. Traditional vinification in stainless steel tanks. A lovely ruby red with purple hues. Complex fruity aromas with black cherry and spice. On the palate nicely balanced with good structure, a core of crunchy dark fruits with supple tannins; good length. Ideal with red meats and game; particularly good with lamb, partridge, guinea fowl, quail, pigeon or soft cheeses. Drink 14-16 ° C. Drink - now to 2017. ABV 12.5%.


Was: 24.60 (Including VAT at 20%)


Cornalin de Chamoson Selection de Vielles Vignes, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Cornalin de Chamoson Selection de Vielles Vignes, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: GIROUDCORNALIN

A deep red colour, with spicy aromas dominated by coriander and cinnamon. On the palate the wine is fruity with a herbal (fresh thyme) note complemented by hints of fresh nuts, and smooth silky tannins. Hints of liquorice accentuate the finish. ABV 13.2%. Serve around 14° C. Keps: 15 years. A perfect accompaniment to the best cheeses, red meats and poultry.


Total Price: 22.55 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Cornalin de Chamoson 2011, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland 22.55 Inc. VAT
Cornalin de Chamoson Sélection de Vielles Vignes 2012, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland 22.80 Inc. VAT

 
Cornalin de Chamoson Ravannay 2008

Cornalin de Chamoson Ravannay 2008 "La Danse des Etoiles", Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110124

This is a premium Cornalin from Giroud - big, dark, and powerful. The grapes come from Ardon, one of the top sites for Cornalin. The winemaking process includes a long slow maceration of some 4 weeks, to get maximum extraction of tannins and pigment to ensure structure. The wine is then aged in large oak barrels for some 18 months, during which time it undergoes the second (malolactic) fermentation, which brings softness and smoothness.

A deep dark ruby red, tinged with purple, the nose is powerful, dominated by spice and black cherry fruit, with blueberry, clove, and vanilla notes. On the palate it is full-bodied, with plenty of dark crunchy fruit, spice, all balanced by good acidity and smooth silky tannins. Approachable alrteady, but will improve with bottle age upt to 10 years. 13% ABV, serve at 14 ° -15 ° C with game, grilled meats, poultry and powerful hard cheeses.


Price: 28.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Cornalin Champmarais, Cave Jean-Ren Germanier

Cornalin Champmarais, Cave Jean-René Germanier [CH] Ref: 4113043

This is a no compromise, over the top, wine, made the old, heroic way. It floors anyone who has the chance to try it.
The grapes used all come from a single vineyard, where every effort is made to ensure perfection at every stage. These select Cornalin grapes are fermented open in 400-liter barrels made of new oak. The resulting wine is then aged, again in 400-liter new oak barrels for 2 years.

An exceptionally impressive expression of Cornalin. A brilliant purple colour and complex nose, which sports red berries, spiciness and a touch of incense. A powerful wine, stylish and harmonious: the perfect expression of the Cornalin in all its typicity.


Price: 67.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Humagne Rouge

Humagne Rouge

Humagne Rouge is unquestionably the highest quality, and probably the most interesting of the indigenous red varieties grown in the Valais. It is grown nowhere else in Switzerland, although it's close relative, Oriou, is grown just over the border in the Aosta valley in Italy.
It has large dark-blue berries, and has more tannins than Pinot Noir, but less than Syrah, and produces wines which are generally robust, and varying in style from light and rustic through to big and powerful, especially when oak-aged. They can often develop finesse and style with some bottle age.
The best Humagne Rouge wines are quite remarkable, and the variety is undergoing something of a renaissance, with the area devoted to it increasing. It can be tricky to cultivate; it's a late-ripening variety, and the site can be critical to ensure full maturity, with south-facing slopes being a requirement in more marginal areas. The must produced can be quite low in acidity, and in the absence of full maturity, the wine can be green and herbaceous in style. The harvest can in some places take place as late as November.
Humagne Rouge is not related to the white Humagne Blanche, despite the apparent similarity in the name.

Humagne Rouge 2009 & 2011, Simon Maye & Fils, Chamoson, Valais, Switzerland

Humagne Rouge 2009 & 2011, Simon Maye & Fils, Chamoson, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: MAYEHUMAGNE

A top-notch Humagne Rouge from Maye. Grapes are grown in a vineyard called "Tzouma" or "Zoumaz" at the foot of the massif du Haut de Cry; this is a dry arid site with limestone soils and a hot microclimate, influenced by heat retained in the rockface above the site. Yield 60 hl/hectare; the grapes were very mature when late harvested, with 95 ° Oe. Full destemming, with a 21 day maceration/fermentation, with twice daily pigeage, followed by tank aging until a July bottling. A deep red with peppery wild aromas, full-bodied with dark red fruit flavours, again pepper, and minerals, all evident on the long finish. Good companion for Lamb pasta, and cheese dishes.
Keeps to 5 years, approachable after a year, but better with a little more bottle age. Serve 16 to 18 ° C.

2009: 12% ABV.

2011: We tasted this one in the Barrel before it was bottled, and it was amazing already. A milestone vintage, truly wonderful. Humagne Rouge normally takes time to open up, but this was delightful to drink this summer already.


Total Price: 27.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Humagne Rouge 2009 Simon Maye & Fils LAST FEW 30.00 Inc. VAT
Humagne Rouge 2011, Simon Maye & Fils 27.60 Inc. VAT

 
Humagne Rouge de Vtroz Balavaud 2008

Humagne Rouge de Vétroz Balavaud 2008 "La Danse des Etoiles", Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4110129

The grapes for this wine were harvested from deliberately small-yield (500g/m2) vines are aged over a long period in oak barrels. Slow maceration over a period of three to four weeks allows for the gentle extraction of the tannins that produce the colour and structure of this red wine. A second period of fermentation in new 400-litre barrels completes the aging process.

A deep crimson, the nose has violets, Swiss stone pine and cinnamon standing out in a floral bouquet which also includes hints of toast. On the palate a powerful wine with rustic, hearty overtones. Dark fruit balances well with silky tannins. 13.0% ABV. Serving temperature 13° - 14°C. Keeps 10 years from the vintage if correctly cellared.

Delicious with game, grilled meats, wild fowl and hard cheeses.


Price: 27.90 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Humagne Rouge du Valais

Humagne Rouge du Valais "Grandmaître" Barrique Gregor Kuonen & Fils [CH] Ref: 4110110

This wine is made from grapes grown on better-exposed slopes and with restricted yield. It is a medium ruby red with a nose which is fruity but also packed with with vanilla and spice. On the palate it is dry, but with masses of fruit, some spice, and a good body not unlike the heaviest Beaujolais Cru. Long, warming finish. Fantastic stuff, great with game or strongly flavoured red meat dishes.


Price: 36.60 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Humagne Rouge 2006 Mario Chanton

Humagne Rouge 2006 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110085

This Chanton wine is from grapes grown around Visp and Varen. It has a dark granite red colour, with cassis and pepper on the nose. On the palate is lush fruit, with hubarb and cassis flavours, a creamy texture, and a faintly bitter gentian note on the long peppery finish. A lovely wine and an ideal companion for duck, pigeon, roast beef, roast lamb.


Price: 29.28 (Including VAT at 20%)


 

Eyholzer Roter


Eyholzer Roter, Mario Chanton

Eyholzer Roter, Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: CHANTONEYHOLZER

The Eyholzer Roter grape, also known as Hibou, is grown around Visp and in the village of Eyholz, just to the west of Visp. This ancient variety has also been grown in Savoie in France, and and in northern Italy. The traditional method of growing the grape in Valais is to train it on pergolas. This wine is a medium red, with a nose of mountain violets and respberries. Soft and fruity on the palate, it is best served slightly chilled, as one would a young Beaujolais, with hams, quiches, cold meats, cheeses (Schabziger if you can get it).


Total Price: 31.20 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Eiswein

Eiswein "Crystal" Eyholzer Roter 2008 and 2007, 37.5cl , Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: CHANTONCRYSTAL

You might think that Switzerland would produce quite a lot of Eiswein, given the climate and geography, but in fact nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, Swiss Eiswein is very rare - it may only be produced in certain special locations, and the climate allows it to be made on average about every 5 years. It is made in only tiny quantities, and these rare specialtities often go direct to the best regular customers such as top Restaurants. It is very difficult to find it on sale in a retail outlet, even in Switzerland.

This example from the Chanton stable is made from Eyholzer Roter (or Hibou) grapes grown in Vispertal, amongst Europe's highest altitude vineyards. The grapes, with 175° Oechsle degrees, were harvested in the middle of the night at minus 12 degrees Celsius and immediately pressed frozen in a pre-chilled press. Small amounts of highly concentrated concentrate juice, consisting only of sugar, acid, and fruit from the frozen berries is the result. This nectar, with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, is fermented to make the Eiswein which then spends a year in small barriques before bottling. The result is a very special wine indeed. Bouquet of mushrooms and forest floor, on the palate hugely concentrated, unctuous, with sumptuous fruit and beautiful harmony of sugar and acidity. One of the world's most unusual and rare wines. Gastronomic combination: mature blue cheese, caviar, foie gras.

Note 37.5cl bottle size.

Limit 3 bottles per customer.

Total Price: 57.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Pinot Noir (Valais)


Pinot Terra Helvetica, Valais, Switzerland

Pinot Terra Helvetica, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: PINOTHELVETICA

A typical everyday Swiss Pinot Noir - now back in stock.

In the nose very fruity - black cherry, mostly - with earthy notes evocative of autumnal woods.
On the palate, the same notes of wild cherry and wild woods, with well balanced tannins which give this wine a pleasant finish.


Total Price: 14.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

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Pinot Terra Helvetica 2011, Giroud Vins, 14.00 Inc. VAT
Pinot Terra Helvetica 2012, Valais, Switzerland 14.00 Inc. VAT

 
Pinot Noir de Chamoson 2011, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Pinot Noir de Chamoson 2011, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4112009

Smooth typical Valais Pinot Noir


Price: 19.50 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Diolinoir Cuve des Reines, Albert Biollaz

Diolinoir Cuvée des Reines, Albert Biollaz [CH] Ref: 4112014

Diolinoir is a new varietal created in 1970 from "Rouge de Diolly" and Pinot Noir. In the Valais this produces a fine and quite powerful wine, with good tannins and a lovely dark colour.



Price: 20.40 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Pinot Noir Varen 2006 Mario Chanton

Pinot Noir Varen 2006 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110086

Chanton's Pinot Noir is from Varen, just to the west of Visp, north of the Rhone, at an altitude of 750 metres. A rather harmonious and subtle Pinot Noir.

Good with grilled meat, Valais dried meat, and traditional stews.


Price: 23.04 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Pinot Noir Mario Barrique 2005 Mario Chanton

Pinot Noir Mario Barrique 2005 Mario Chanton [CH] Ref: 4110087

In the "Mario" version the Pinot Noir has spent time in barriques. A balanced and smooth alpine Pinot Noir


Price: 34.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Pinot Noir 2007 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson TOO LATE (new vintage coming)

Pinot Noir 2007 Simon Maye & Fils St. Pierre de Clages, Chamoson TOO LATE (new vintage coming) [CH] Ref: 4110101

The grapes for this wine are grown on alluvial sand & clay soils near Chamoson. They are harvested manually, then following destemming the wine undergoes maceration & fermentation for 21 days with pigeage twice daily. The wine is matured in concrete tanks until bottling the July following the harvest. A deep pastel red with a nose dominated by aromas of red fruits, this wine is full-bodied and velvety, with good structure and silky tannins. Good length. Goes well with white meats, cheeses, and even some stronger fish dishes. Keeps 5+ years, serve at 16-18 ° C.

This wine will take a little longer to deliver as it is not in our main warehouse


Was: 32.40 (Including VAT at 20%)


Classic International Reds (Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet)


Cayas Syrah Barrique, Cave Jean-Ren Germanier

Cayas Syrah Barrique, Cave Jean-René Germanier [CH] Ref: 4113041

Cayas Syrah Du Valais is a "Rhone Supérieur" Syrah, and a near legendary wines at great tables in Switzerland and the UK. It is a more controlled concentrated and elegant version of the great French Rhone Syrahs such as Cote Rotie - crisp and harmonious thanks to the cool climate.

The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine, a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate the wine is fresh and crisp with well structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberries blackcurrant and redcurrants, vanilla and an earthy minerality - punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost-perfect balance between acidity and tannins, which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is cool climate Syrah.

Among its many awards is a Gold Medal in Vinalies Internationales Paris and a Gold Medal as well as the distinction of being one of the Top 10 Best Syrahs in Syrah du Monde 2009.

It is a Swiss Wine made for the greatest tables. And for yours. Grab some now, thank me later :)


Price: 48.00 (Including VAT at 20%)


 

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Constellation 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Constellation 2009, Giroud Vins, Sion, Valais, Switzerland [CH] Ref: 4112021

The flagship wine of F&D Giroud. Big, ambitious, artful. A blenf of native grapes Humagne and Cornalin with Bordeaux touch through Cabernet Franc and Merlot.


Price: 72.00 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Merlot Cuve des Reines 2011, Albert Biollaz

Merlot Cuvée des Reines 2011, Albert Biollaz [CH] Ref: 4112013

This Merlot is deep dark purple, and is a very grounded and earthy wine, powerful and harmonious (matching the cow on the label). A wine for meat (in respect for the cow, make it lamb or game) or cheese.

Alcohol 13.5%
Serve cool, 14-15 degrees


Price: 21.00 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Syrah 2009 Simon Maye & Fils LAST FEW

Syrah 2009 Simon Maye & Fils LAST FEW [CH] Ref: 4110140

The Syrah from Simon Maye is legendary in french speaking Switzerland. It comes up twice as often as any other recommendation when I tell people I import wine from Switzerland to the UK, and I get a very impressed look when I reply that we do indeed have these wines on our list.


Price: 30.84 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Syrah Vielles Vignes 2006 Simon Maye & Fils SOLD OUT

Syrah Vielles Vignes 2006 Simon Maye & Fils SOLD OUT [CH] Ref: 4110132

This is a heroic wine - 21 day fermentation with pigeage twice a day (punching/stomping). 20 months in barrels with rotation every 2 months. Bottled unfiltered. The result is a powerful Syrah, black fruit and spice and smokey licorice from the wood. Keep 5 to 10 years, if you can wait that long (getting very good now in 2013).

Serve fairly cool (16 - 18°C) .

Only a few bottles left! After that we will jump to the 2010 vintage.


Was: 45.60 (Including VAT at 20%)


Terre Vivante - Assemblage Rouge Gregor Kuonen & Fils

Terre Vivante - Assemblage Rouge Gregor Kuonen & Fils [CH] Ref: 4110104

Vintage 2007

This is a huge wine: a blend of 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Cornalin, 20% Syrah, 30% Diolinoir, and 10% Humagne Rouge. Each is vinified separately in stainless steel then the assemblage is made and the result aged in French oak. The colour is a deep cherry red, with a nose of jammy cooked fruits, vanilla, spice, and pencilbox/cedarwood. The palate is somewhat more intense than the nose suggests; powerful and gamey, with masses of fruit - cooked red fruit, prunes, and crunchy bramble/black fruits. Long dry finish, spicy and gamey, with vanilla and oak coming through at the end. A superb wine best drunk with food; serve at 14°-16° C with pheasant, steak, wild boar, or even very mildly spiced Thai or Malaysian foods.


Price: 34.80 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Merlot

Merlot "Grandmaître" Barrique Gregor Kuonen & Fils [CH] Ref: 4110106

Vintage 2007

The Merlot grape is widely grown in Bordeaux, north-east Italy, and in Ticino in Switzerland. It also does very well here in the Valais, and in particular in district known as "Les Bernunes" near Sierre, where it ripens relatively early. Vinified in oak barrels, it has a dark red color, with soft fruity aromas. On the palate this is a big wine - very full bodied, with powerful plum flavours. Huge length. Quite an unusual wine for Switzerland, but excellent. ABV 13.3%. Drink at 16-18 ° C with red meat, venison, guinea dowl, and strong cheeses. Keeps to 10 years.


Price: 37.20 (Including VAT at 20%)


 
Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc "Grandmaître" Barrique Gregor Kuonen & Fils [CH] Ref: 4110107

The traditional red grape Cabernet Franc is a native of France, and is found most commonly in Bordeaux and the Loire. It gives wines with great depth of colour, and has ample tannins ensuring long ageing potential. This is another unusual wine for Valais, but is a fascinating example of what can be achieved here.

I love this Cabernet :)

A deep red, with a soft nose of fruit and herbs, with a hint of spice. Gentle and soft on the palate, quite intense, with lots of body and good length. ABV 13.3% . Drink at 16-18 ° C with red meats/venison. Keeps 10- years.


Price: 32.40 (Including VAT at 20%)


 

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