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Lafnetscha

If you like to try rare grapes, here is one of the rarest!

In Valais, only about 1.29 hectares of Lafnetscha is cultivated.


Source
Switzerland
White

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2011
SKU
4112042
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
10.6 %
Stock
19
Last tasted
June 30 2016
Bottle Size
0.75L

[4112042] LAFNETSCHA 2011 [White, Lafnetscha]

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
White
Region
Valais
Wine features
Slow Wine
Variety
Lafnetscha
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Vineyard
Vispertal, Lalden, Brigerbad
Aged in
Steel
Serve at
9
Composition
Lafnetscha 100%
Wine features
Slow Wine

More about this wine

Food matches
Sauerkraut, pot-au-feu, hors d'oeuvres, shrimp, shellfish, cheese and onion cakes, Raclette, and Fondue.

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.



In Depth

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.

Tasting Notes

Chanton's Lafnetscha has a light but complex nose of pine forest, linden blossom, bergamot and ripe bananas. On the palate it is quite full-bodied, dry with good concentration of fruit and a fresh lively acidity. It is a very refreshing wine.

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