Himbertscha 2011, Chanton

£48.18
Out of stock
Product code
4112041
Switzerland  Valais 
Features Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Last Tasted 27 Oct 2017
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Himbertscha

As do many of the ancient varieties, Himbertscha benefits from ageing, so our recommendation is to buy the oldest vintage available unless you intend the bottles for laying down.

Ben says (October 2017): With less than 0.2 hectares in the entire world, drinking this wine is drinking ultra-rare history. The vines, and hence the grape, were rescued by Chanton and exist purely because of his dedication.

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Winemaker Chanton Wein
Country Switzerland
Bottle Size 75cl
Style White, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Region Valais
Variety Himbertscha
Vintage 2011
Last Tasted 27 Oct 2017
Keeps at least until 2020
Alcohol 12.3
Ripeness Normal
Case Size 12
Composition Himbertscha 100%
Winemaking Malolactic
Aged In Steel
Key Features Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Available from Online Exclusive
Bought In (year) 2012
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The variety was nearly extinct until its cultivation was revived in 1984 by Chanton. He grows it at Varen, a few km west of Visp.

The traditional method of growing Himbertscha is to train it on a trellis/pergola. The name Himbertscha apparently means ‘trellis grown’ in the upper Valais dialect and refers to the traditional method of cultivating the grape. Himbertscha wines have above average acidity which is tempered with a bit of ageing. 

DNA studies at the University of California have shown that Himbertscha is not related to Gouais Blanc as was previously thought, but may be a relative of Humagne Blanche.

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