Eclat 2014, Valais Mundi, Provins

£65.74
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Product code
4116007
Switzerland  Valais 

The First white wine in the Electus line, Eclat, comes from the 2014 vintage. It is made from two Valais grape varieties : Petite Arvine and Heida.

I'm not sure I can use the word crystalline for another white after this wine.

This dry wine is remarkable for its elegance, it's big yet has a crispness that recalls the fresh chill of the mountains. 

It seems impossible to be so aerial and so heavy at the same time. It feels Alpine yet it evokes the top whites in Bordeaux. Paradox? You bet! 

There is a depth to this wine, layer upon layer it reveals itself slowly. This is a very oaked white, I'm really difficult with these, but it's done with such magic I just love it. The way in which Eclat is made is unique, adding a dash of originality to its character. They made some very unusual choices - barrels meant for cognac, for example - and the result is... the feel of the breeze coming down from the glaciers on a sun baked hot dry summer mountain meadow. 

When we took it to the London Wine Fair, I was not the only one left a bit speechless by it. 

Features Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Style White, Still, Dry, Blend
Last Tasted 23 May 2016
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Petite Arvine
  • Traminer / Heida

I'm not sure I can use the word "crystalline" for another white after this wine. It is fresh, light and mineral and yet feels airy. There is a depth to this wine, layer upon layer it reveals itself slowly.

This is an oaked white but done with such magic I just love it. They made some very unusual choices and the result is... the feel of the breeze coming down from the glaciers on a sun baked summer mountain meadow. It feels Alpine yet it evokes the top whites in Bordeaux. Paradox? You bet!

Robb and Ben still strongly favour the Euterpe, but I must say Eclat is a worthy contender and would win in my books for quite a few food matches. 

The First white wine in the Electus line, Eclat, comes from the 2014 vintage. It is made from two Valais grape varieties : Petite Arvine and a grape that carries the name of an opera, Aida! But we know it better by its many other names – Green Heida, Païen, Savagnin in the Jura, Traminer in Alsace. This dry wine is remarkable for its elegance, beautifully pale colour with green highlights, aromatic notes of lemon, grapefruit and rose, the crispness that recalls the fresh chill of the mountains. Thanks to its lovely citrus aromatic persistence it is appreciated as an apéritif wine as well as one that lasts throughout a meal.

The way in which Eclat is made is unique, adding a dash of originality to its character. The grapes are pressed in the manner of Champagne grapes with only juice from the first pressing retained. The wine then matures for nine months in new French oak barrels that have been heavily toasted. The goal is to eliminate any sweetness in order to underscore the tension and nervousness of the wine to accentuate its taut and crystalline side.

More Information
Winemaker Valais Mundi
Country Switzerland
Bottle Size 75cl
Style White, Still, Dry, Blend
Region Valais
Variety Petite Arvine, Traminer / Heida
Vintage 2014
Last Tasted 23 May 2016
Keeps at least until 2020+
Alcohol 13
Ripeness Normal
Case Size 6
Winemaking Matured on the Lees, Spontaneous Yeast, Barrel Fermented, Malolactic
Aged In Barrel (new)
Key Features Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Available from Online Exclusive
Bought In (year) 2016
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