- The Wine
Dôle - a traditional Swiss blend which combines the elegance and body of Pinot Noir with the fruitiness and structure of Gamay.
Dôle is 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 this wine as they are to have encountered Fendant.
If you're going to drink a red with Swiss melted cheese dishes like raclette or fondue, make it Dôle.
Serving Suggestions:White or red meat and cheese.
Dôle is a well known Valaisian red wine, not a grape variety as such, rather a blend 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. 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. 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 with optimists contending 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.
The blend brings harmony and balance. It is very light red in colour. It has a complex nose of cherries, raspberries, strawberries and spices which also come through on the palate. Medium-bodied, smooth and easy drinking. The Pinot brings finesse and earthiness while the Gamay brings fruit and structure. This wine has complex fruit aromas and is rich with spicy notes with a long finish. It is an intriguing wine as it does not taste like a Pinot Noir or a Gamay. It has its own unique identity and the two grape varieties pair well.
- Vintage Information
Product code 41GR03 Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Cave Jean Rene Germanier Style Red, Blend, Dry, Still Variety Dôle Blend, Gamay, Pinot Noir Key Features Organic, Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Low Intervention, Vegetarian and Vegan Winemaking Low Sulphur, Malolactic Country Switzerland Region(s) Valais AOC / DAC AOC Valais Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Aged In Steel Serving Temperature 15 C Vintages 2011, 2014, 2016, NV Composition Dôle Blend: Pinot Noir, Gamay Last Tasted 25 Jul 2017 name: Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru vintage: 2016 size: 0.75 product code: [41GR0316] stock: 5 in London Warehouse
3 at Alpine Wines House
alcohol: 13 last checked in: 2018-03-20 name: Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru vintage: 2014 size: 0.75 product code:  alcohol: 12.5 name: Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru vintage: 2011 size: 0.75 product code:  alcohol: 12.5
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Dole Balavaud Grand Cru 2016, Germanier
I only mar down the value to 4 stars because of the expense of Swiss wines generally and this one included compared with what you get from other countries. However, it is worth it !
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