- The Wine
This wine is from the Champ Drury vineyard - the blend is between 90% Pinot, 10% Gamay to 80% Pinot 20% Gamay depending on the vintage.
Nature means indeed natural, no added SO2 or anything. Originally Marie Therese was a bit worried that the wine wouldn't travel or keep all that well, but enough people insisted and so far nobody's complained.
The soil here is limestone, and the vines are quite young by Chappaz's standards, a little over 25 years.
At first taste it's mostly Pinot, but if you have tried the Champ Drury Pinot you can see what goes missing when the Gamay's not along for the ride.
Like most of Marie Therese's wines, spontaneous fermentation with ambient local yeast, around 14 days maceration and maturation in oak, not new oak for this one but second/third usage
tasting notes:Color of nice purplish ruby. In the nose, it's a touch Burgundian, sappy, but then it's also very Swiss, with red berries, "sous bois" (warm forest floor) and vanilla. In the mouth it's gleeful, more fruit, more sap.
- Vintage Information
Product code 41CZ03 Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Marie-Therese Chappaz Featured Themes Cult Wine Style Red, Blend, Dry, Still Variety Dôle Blend, Gamay, Pinot Noir Key Features Organic, Biodynamic, Oaked, "Natural", "Slow Wine", Low Intervention, Single Vineyard, Vegan (certified), Vegetarian and Vegan Winemaking Spontaneous Yeast, Unfiltered, Unfined, No Sulphur, Whole Berry, Malolactic Country Switzerland Region(s) Valais Vineyard Champ Drury Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Aged In Barrel (old) Vintage 2017 Vintages 2017 Last Tasted Nov 9, 2018 name: Grain Nature vintage: 2017 size: 0.75 product code: [41CZ0317] stock: 53 in London Warehouse