Ultra-rare grape revived by Chanton.
The Rèze, or Resi, grape is one of the oldest white grape varieties still grown in the Valais.
About this vintage
- 11.5 %
- Bottle Size
 RESI VISPERTAL 2011 [White, Resi]
More about this wine
- Why we have it
- Because it is a beautiful and unusual wine.
- Why choose this
- For its quality and the chance to experience what so few have experienced.
- What to expect
- A smooth spicy white with a unique character.
- How to serve it
- This is a very dry wine so it is nice to have something with it - cold meats and cheese nibbles for example.
- Food matches
- Resi is the ideal partner for traditional platters of dried meat and cheese (assiette valaisanne), or raclette and fondue dishes.
Chanton has re-established this variety in a vineyard above Visp, planted in 1990. Once, Rèze was grown widely here, but in more recent times has suffered serious decline with less than a hectare remaining in commercial production around Sierre and in the alpine vineyards of Visperterminen. Various factors have conspired to cause this - it's hard to grow, has limited yield and lesser examples can be thin, acidic and uninspiring. Much of the production from around Sierre is used to make a base wine for the sherry-like Vin des Glaciers, a highly sought-after rarity. The Resi from Visperterminen are of a higher quality.
A pale lemon yellow, the wine has a rich bouquet of citrus and herbs. On the palate, smooth, with spice, resin and bitter almonds with good acidity. Good length.