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Himbertscha

Nobody really knows much of the origins of the white Himbertscha grape. Just 0.17 hectares remain in the Valais today.


Source
Switzerland
White

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About this vintage

Vintage
2006
SKU
4110081
Ripeness
Normal
Stock
2
Bottle Size
0.75L

[4110081] HIMBERTSCHA VAREN 2006 [White, Himbertscha]

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
White
Region
Valais
Wine features
Slow Wine
Variety
Himbertscha
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Vineyard
Varen
Aged in
Steel
Composition
Himbertscha 100%
Wine features
Slow Wine

More about this wine

Food matches
Fish tartare, fish with lemon, trout, chilled as an apéritif with mountain cheese, vermicelli.

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.



In Depth

Try it with Raclette, Fondue, Vacherin glacé. Cultivated by Chanton at Varen, a few km west of Visp. 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. 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. The variety was nearly extinct until its cultivation was revived in 1984 by Chanton.

Tasting Notes

Chanton's Himbertscha is a straw-yellow, with aromas of strawberry, hazlenuts, mango and spring herbs like wild garlic, dandelion and lemon balm. It is fresh and fruity on the palate with bright zippy acidity. Herbaceous and warm.

About this vintage

Vintage
2011
SKU
4112041
Composition
Himbertscha 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12.3 %
Stock
22
Last tasted
October 27 2017
Keep until
2020
Bottle Size
0.75L

[4112041] HIMBERTSCHA 2011 [White, Himbertscha]

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
White
Region
Valais
Wine features
Slow Wine
Variety
Himbertscha
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Vineyard
Varen
Aged in
Steel
Composition
Himbertscha 100%
Wine features
Slow Wine

More about this wine

Food matches
Fish tartare, fish with lemon, trout, chilled as an apéritif with mountain cheese, vermicelli.

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.



In Depth

Try it with Raclette, Fondue, Vacherin glacé. Cultivated by Chanton at Varen, a few km west of Visp. 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. 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. The variety was nearly extinct until its cultivation was revived in 1984 by Chanton.

Tasting Notes

Chanton's Himbertscha is a straw-yellow, with aromas of strawberry, hazlenuts, mango and spring herbs like wild garlic, dandelion and lemon balm. It is fresh and fruity on the palate with bright zippy acidity. Herbaceous and warm.

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