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Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru

Red Wine, Switzerland
The classic Valais blend

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Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru

Red Wine, Switzerland

Availability: In stock

The classic Valais blend
This is a very balanced and harmonious red wine that pairs well with white and red meats including dried and cured meats. Perfect example of Dôle.
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Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru

Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru 2016

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Red Wine, Switzerland, Valais Cave Jean Rene Germanier

Cave Jean Rene Germanier


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The Wine

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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.

In Depth:

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.


Additional Information

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Product code 41GR03
Bottle Size 0.75
Winemaker Cave Jean Rene Germanier
Colour Red Wine
Style Red, Still, Dry
Variety Dôle Blend, Gamay, Pinot Noir
Key Features Organic, Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Low Intervention, Vegetarian and Vegan
Country Switzerland
Region(s) Valais
AOC / DAC AOC Valais
Ripeness Normal
Closure Natural Cork
Aged In Steel
Serving Temperature 15 C
Last Tasted 25 Jul 2017
Composition Dôle Blend: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Vintages 2011, 2014, 2016, NV
Vintages

[4113044] 2011

[4116017] 2014

[41GR0316] 2016

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2011

2011

size: 0.75
vintage:2011
product code:[4113044]
closure:Natural Cork
variety:Array
alcohol:12.5
2014

2014

size: 0.75
vintage:2014
product code:[4116017]
closure:Natural Cork
variety:Array
alcohol:12.5
last checked in:2017-07-25
2016

2016

size: 0.75
vintage:2016
stock: 29
product code:[41GR0316]
closure:Natural Cork
variety:Array
alcohol:13
last checked in:2018-03-20
Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

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.

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