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Chasselas - Merlot - Plantscher

Chasselas - Merlot - Plantscher

Chasselas is the typical white wine in Switzerland. If you've been for drinks on a terrace on lake Geneva, in Zurich or in a ski resort, chances are you were offered Chasselas.

Chasselas makes low acidity creamy yet interesting wines. This low acidity makes it very easy to drink and it also is a white wine that "red wine only" drinkers can love.

A highly flexible wine, Chasselas works well both as an apéritif and with food - a wine for all circumstances.

A rather neutral wine, the Chasselas grape is highly expressive of terroir. The Chasselas from Geneva tend to be fruitier, those from Neuchatel fresher (try "Goutte d'Or"). La Cote is the "goldilocks" classic Chasselas, Lavaux produces bigger and more mineral Chasselas and in Valais Fendant, fruity comes back but with a flintiness and that typical prickle.

In most cantons people simply use the name of the town the wine is from - names like "Féchy", "Dézaley", "Yvorne" and "Mont sur Rolle", and people automatically know it is Chasselas and what to expect. In Valais, they will always call it Fendant

Our most popular Chasselas are the Mont sur Rolle from Maison Blanche, the classic Aigle les Murailles and our Fendant.

Take your pick.

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  • Blanc de Blancs Demi-Sec Domaine de Maison Blanche

    Elderflower bubbles.
  • Aigle Les Murailles Badoux Vins

    The reference Swiss Chasselas. Back in Stock
  • Blanc de Blancs Brut Domaine de Maison Blanche

    Sparkling Chasselas as it should be done. Creamy, refreshing, fruity, lively.
  • Mont-Sur-Rolle Grand Cru Domaine de Maison Blanche

    Our classic Chasselas - just right!
  • Fendant Moette Simon Maye et Fils

    Out of stock

  • Chasselas Suisse (Romand) Cave de La Cote Uvavins

    The best "basic" Chasselas we could find
  • Clos du Boux Epesses Luc Massy

    Beautiful Epesses Chasselas.
  • Chemin de Fer Luc Massy

    One of the legendary Chasselas of Lavaux. Very mineral, complex and subtle. For the Chasselas connaisseur.

    Out of stock

  • Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

    Silk and cashmere in a glass
  • Bianco Rovere Guido Brivio

    An elegantly oaked white Merlot. Guaranteed surprise!
  • Fendant Balavaud Grand Cru Cave Jean Rene Germanier

    Famous, and rightly so

    Out of stock

  • Clos de Chillon Badoux Vins

    Oaked Chasselas with class.

    Out of stock

  • Château de Malessert Féchy Grand Cru Cave de La Cote Uvavins

    Classic Féchy Chasselas

    Out of stock

  • La Crosse Epesses Luc Massy

    Classic Lavaux Chasselas.

    Out of stock

  • Neuchatel Non Filtré Domaine de Montmollin

    The last of the 2017 - unfiltered chasselas of lovely complexity

    Out of stock

  • Riflessi d'Epoca Guido Brivio

    "made the old way" Ticino Merlot
  • Touché Guido Brivio

    The perfectly balanced Merlot - fruit and body, still at a nice price, just right. "Touché" indeed.
  • Platinum Guido Brivio

    A masterpiece of concentration.
  • Dogaia Guido Brivio

    An extremely clever red blend. For those who like mineral reds but want a full body too
  • Terre Alte Bianco Gialdi

    Fruity, fresh, but with surprising texture.
  • Sassi Grossi Gialdi

    One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!
  • Fendant Tradition Vielles Vignes Domaine des Muses

    Last few bottles.

    Out of stock

  • Fendant Classique Domaine des Muses

    The delicious Fendant for fondue and nibbles.
  • St-Saphorin Blaise Duboux

    not usually found in 75cl, don't miss it

    Out of stock

  • Fendant President Troillet Marie-Therese Chappaz

    The most famous Fendant of Marie Therese's range - possibly the first of her wines I knew
  • Fendant Les Terrasses Cave Jean Rene Germanier

    Best value for money in Fendant
  • Fendant La Liaudisaz Marie-Therese Chappaz

  • Merlot Neuberg Alexs

    Fantastic Merlot from South Austria
  • Merlot d'Yvorne "Lettres de Noblesse" Badoux Vins

    Complex smooth Merlot, a masterpiece

    Out of stock

  • Riedenthal Reserve Weingut Breitenfelder

    Seriously good blend

    Out of stock

  • Cuvée XXI Weingut Christ

    Vienna Bordeaux Blend - a bargain!
  • Merlot Saleggi Delea

    Merlot from Losone, Ticino
  • Cabernet Merlot Premium Weingut Christian Fischer

    A magnificent Cabernet Merlot blend from Fischer - grab it while you can.
  • Merlot Premium Weingut Christian Fischer

    Stunningly good Austrian Merlot. Mature

    Out of stock

  • Constellation

    The first attempt ambitious international blend of Valais Native grapes.
  • Point Cuvée Weingut Nigl

  • Anna Christina Franz / Christine Netzl

    Always amongst the best reds in Austria.
  • Baiocco Guido Brivio

    A crowd pleaser both for Merlot lovers and a surprise to the "I don't like Merlot" crowd.
  • Arzo Gialdi

    From the village of Arzo near Mendrizio comes this classic southern Ticino Merlot.
  • Trentasei Gialdi

    A supremely elegant Merlot. 36 months in barrel and smooth as silk
  • Electus Valais Mundi

    A wine created to raise expectations about Swiss wine to a whole new level.
  • Patronis Stift Klosterneuberg

    Created for the 900th anniversary of the Klosterneuburg Monastery Winery.

    Out of stock

  • Edles Tal Franz / Christine Netzl

    pulls off the elusive combination of power and finesse.

    Out of stock

  • Contrada Bianco di Merlot Guido Brivio

    We're out of Terre Alte so you get Contrada at the price of Terre Alte :)
  • Grain Noir Marie-Therese Chappaz

    Cabernet and Merlot in Alpine purity
  • Plantscher Chanton Wein

    Plantscher is a descendent of Furmint. This is an aromatic wine mostly enjoyed with cheese.
  • Goutte d'Or Domaine de Montmollin

    A warmer richer type of Chasselas

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Fendant

"Fendant" is the name used now in the Valais for Chasselas-based wines. It is derived from the French verb "fendre", meaning "to split", which is exactly what the golden Chasselas grape does if squeezed between thumb and forefinger, rather than becoming squashed.

A typical Fendant is fresh and fruity, with a refreshing prickle. It will normally be quite dry, with delicate fruit and racy mineral flavours, often with hints of smoke and gunflint on the nose and an exquisite bitterness on the finish.

The Chasselas grape used for Fendant is highly expressive of terroir and there are some quite notable differences between wines grown in different parts of the Valais. Wines from around Sion are fresh and rich, those from Ardon and Vétroz stimulatingly dry while those from Martigny have a fragrant bouquet. Perhaps the best come from the areas around Sierre, Chamoson and Saillon, which combine fruit and an exquisite bitterness on the finish. Good examples age well, and after 5 years or so will lose their youthful character and can develop complex nutty and honeyed flavours.

Ideally, drink a bottle of Fendant on the day you open it (not much of a hardship!). It will keep in the fridge for a day or two once opened, but will lose the slight C02 prickle, an integral part of the character of the wine.

History

Although the Chasselas’ history is a controversial subject, it is supposed to be one of the most ancient grape varieties cultivated by man. Theories place its origins in the Middle East, in Egypt and in France. However, with DNA testing being able to identify the lack of Chasselas in certain areas, it is generally accepted that it comes from Switzerland by the shores of Lake Geneva. Today, the Chasselas is the most widespread vine in Switzerland. Its basically neutral character allows its wines to express fully the differences in soil compositions and the diversity of climatic conditions. From there comes the enormous variety of Chasselas wines found in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, which constitutes its principal ground.

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