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Rescued in 1984 this is a dry Alpine white

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, Switzerland

Availability: In stock

Rescued in 1984 this is a dry Alpine white
Nobody really knows much of the origins of the white Himbertscha grape. The variety was nearly extinct until its cultivation was revived in 1984 by Chanton.
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As do 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.

Ben says (October 2017): With less than 0.2 hectares in the entire world, drinking this wine is drinking ultra-rare history. The vines, and hence the grape, were rescued by Chanton and exist purely because of his dedication.

Serving Suggestions:

Fish tartare, fish with lemon, trout, chilled as an apéritif with mountain cheese. Also one to try with Raclette and Fondue.

In Depth:

The variety was nearly extinct until its cultivation was revived in 1984 by Chanton. He grows it at Varen, a few km west of Visp.

The traditional method of growing Himbertscha is to train it on a trellis/pergola. The name Himbertscha apparently means ‘trellis grown’ in the upper Valais dialect and refers to the traditional method of cultivating the grape. Himbertscha wines have above average acidity which is tempered with a bit of ageing. 

DNA studies at the University of California have shown that Himbertscha is not related to Gouais Blanc as was previously thought, but may be a relative of Humagne Blanche.

tasting notes:

Chanton's Himbertscha is a straw-yellow, with aromas of strawberry, hazlenuts, mango and spring herbs like wild garlic, dandelion and lemon balm. It is fresh and fruity on the palate with bright zippy acidity. Herbaceous and warm.

Vintage Information


Bottle Size 0.75
Winemaker Chanton Wein
Featured Themes Mature Vintages, Rarities
Style White, Single Variety, Dry, Still
Variety Himbertscha
Key Features Organic, Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Winemaking Spontaneous Yeast, Unfiltered, Low Sulphur
Country Switzerland
Region(s) Valais
Vineyard Varen
Ripeness Normal
Closure Natural Cork
Aged In Steel
Vintages 2006, 2011
Composition Himbertscha 100%
Last Tasted Oct 27, 2017
product code:[4112041]
stock: 12 in London Warehouse
1 at Alpine Wines House
last checked in:2017-10-27

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