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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.
|Last Tasted||27 Oct 2017|
|Keeps at least until||2020|
|Key Features||Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan|
|Available from||Online Exclusive|
|Bought In (year)||2012|
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.