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ALPINE WINES FROM SWITZERLAND HAVE
A CLEAN MINERALITY AND SOMETIMES
ASTONISHING FRUIT PURITY
CAYAS SYRAH 2011, JEAN�RENÉ GERMANIER, VALAIS, £49
A fresh Rhône-style Syrah with blackcurrant, black cherry and black pepper.
DEZALEY CHEMIN DE FER 2013, LUC MASSY, CLOS DU BOUX, EPESSES,
LAVAUX, VAUD, £37
This complex and elegant Chasselas has savoury, creamy, honey and mineral notes.
LES ROMAINES GAMAY 2012, LES FRÈRES DUTRUY, FOUNEX, VAUD, £37
This organic beauty boasts smooth black fruit, silky tannins and a long, spicy £ nish.
MAÎTRE DE CHAIS PETITE ARVINE DE FULLY RÉSERVE SPÉCIALE 2013,
PROVINS VALAIS, VALAIS, £39
Fruity avours (lemon, pink grapefruit, banana) are balanced by crisp acidity
and refreshing minerality.
PINOT NOIR NO.3 2011, SCHLOSSGUT BACHTOBEL, WEINFELDEN,
EASTERN SWITZERLAND, £45
An elegant, complex and long wine, that's typical of the great Pinots produced
in Eastern Switzerland.
RIFLESSI D'EPOCA 2012, BRIVIO, TICINO, £49
Clay soils give this Pomerol-style Merlot a mellow tobacco note over a smooth,
TERPSICHORE 2011, DOMAINE DES MUSES, VALAIS, £61
A classy red blend of Cornalin and Humagne: deep, layered and
worth lingering over.
All available from alpinewines.co.uk
Merlot thrives in Ticino, producing wines
to rival Bordeaux. Serious Gamays come from
Geneva, with easy-drinking examples in Vaud
and Valais. Pinot Noir is best suited to the
cooler northern climates of the Three Lakes
and Eastern Switzerland.
Native Swiss grape Chasselas is planted
all over the country and made in a range
of styles, from creamy lees-aged wines to
linear, mineral ones. Chasselas is just one
of 26 native grape varieties. 'We may have
a small area of vineyard, but we have a lot
of diversity with our unique grape varieties,'
says Besse. As well as Chasselas, look out
for white Arvine (also called Petite Arvine),
particularly from Valais, and the red grapes
Cornalin and Humagne.
There's much more to explore, but
the secret's out: Swiss wines are ripe for
discovery. So what are you waiting for?
For more information visit swiss� newine.ch
A taste of Switzerland
Swiss wines to try