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These ancient variety white wines improve with age so we recommend buying the oldest vintage available, especially if the wine is for a tasting.
The joy of ultra-rare grapes is that we can drink them without driving them to extinction. In fact, the more we drink them the more likely they are to be cultivated!
This is a really interesting wine. Light in colour with a fruity nose and a good fruity taste.
I would like to be able to compare it to another, better known grape, but it is quite unlike any other grape!
Try it for the history and the thrill of entering the unknown. Enjoy it for the flavour and winemaking skill.
|Style||White, Still, Dry, Single Variety|
|Last Tasted||16 Jan 2019|
|Keeps at least until||2020|
|Key Features||Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan|
|Available from||Online Exclusive|
|Bought In (year)||2010|
The Lafnetscha grape is grown exclusively in the Haut Valais. It is believed to be closely related to another indigenous Swiss white grape, the Completer or Blanchier, grown in the Bündner Herrschaft village of Malans in eastern Switzerland. The name Lafnetscha comes from "Laff-nit-scha", a local dialect phrase suggesting this wine should not be drunk too young. Lafnetscha wines do indeed have some ageing potential if correctly made.