Marie-Therese Chappaz - Luc Massy - Jérome Lacondemine - Oaked
Oaked: Wines finished in oak - this is a very broad category and whereas some wines will have a very oaked character most are mildly oaked. If you want more precision about the oak level, check the "aged in" filter.
Marie-Thérèse Chappaz is not only the most famous woman winegrower in Switzerland she is also a very endearing, simple and genuine woman. Now a star in her own country and the must have swiss winemaker in France but practically unknown elsewhere.
Marie-Thérèse grows 14 hectares of vineyard at an altitude of between 400 and 800 metres, which are divided and spread over several villages - Fully and also Martigny, Charrat, Leytron, Saillon and Chamoson.
The majority of vineyards are cultivated in terraces supported by hand-built dry stone walls according to the centuries old tradition in the Valais. You can wander freely through the spectacular landscapes by taking the beaten pathways that join the different villages.
Since 1999 Marie-Thérèse Chappaz has opted for biodynamic agriculture. To say she was misunderstood at first is putting it mildly. But in between the wines have spoken, as have the wineyards, and those who looked down on the "little woman, what could she know" have learned otherwise.
“For me producing wines is not about making the best drink possible, by any means possible. Wine is something magical when it tells the story of a land, a terrain, a climate, a grape variety, in other words when it has an identity!”
I've been buying them for myself for years but not able to snatch enough quantity for Alpine Wines. But now, we have!
Beaujolais Villages Blanc Cuvée Chantemerle Jérome LacondemineA beautifully complex Chardonnay that ages like a dream
Grain Nature Marie-Therese ChappazThis is supremely elegant natural wine
Grain Noble Arvine Marie-Therese ChappazLegendary sweet wine
Grain Noir Marie-Therese ChappazCabernet and Merlot in Alpine purity
Fleurie Haute Couture Jérome LacondemineNot your typical Fleurie - elegant with a touch of oak