Amigne - Garanoir
Amigne is grown around the village of Vétroz in Valais, Switzerland, and pretty much nowhere else on the planet. Very rare, very versatile, very delicious!
There are only 18 authorised growers in the area. For this reason it is often referred to as Amigne de Vétroz. The name ‘Amigne’ is derived from the Latin ‘amoenus’ meaning enjoyable or delicious.
From the Romans onwards there has been much debate as to the origin of the grape. Nevertheless, it is grown on terraced vineyards made up of glacial moraine and black schist which help provide Amigne with its unique character.
The wine made from Amigne ranges from bone dry to syrupy sweet, including Amigne flétrie made from grapes left to shrivel and concentrate on the vine.
When it comes to residual sugar, there is a system introduced in 2005, not unlike the putonya system for Tokaj wines. For Amigne they use Bees (Abeilles) which indicate three levels of sweetness with three Bees being the sweetest.
Mitis Amigne de Vétroz Cave Jean Rene GermanierA stunning sweet. 2011.
Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'OrSilk and cashmere in a glass
Gamaret-Garanoir "Expression" Cave de La Cote UvavinsPossibly the best red with spicy food anywhere!
Amigne de Vétroz Grand Cru Cave Jean Rene GermanierDiscover one of the best Amigne.
Domaine du Chapitre ProvinsSerious Swiss Oaked Blend
Le Lézard Rouge Badoux VinsRipasso-style wine of Pinot Noir over Garanoir. It's Pinot Noir with just a nudge of oomph