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Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru

2014 just arrived.

This is a very balanced and harmonious red wine that pairs well with white and red meats including dried and cured meats. Perfect example of Dôle.


Source
Switzerland
Red

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2011
SKU
4113044
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12.5 %
Keep until
2020
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
Red
Region
Valais
Wine features
Slow Wine
Variety
Blend, Dôle Blend, Gamay, Pinot Noir
AOC / DAC / DOC
AOC Valais
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Aged in
Steel
Serve at
15
Composition
Dôle Blend: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Wine features
Slow Wine

More about this wine

Food matches
White or red meat and cheese.

Dôle - a traditional Swiss blend which combines the elegance and body of Pinot Noir with the fruitiness and structure of Gamay.

Dôle is to Valais reds what Fendant is to white - a staple offering in the region. Skiers in the Valais are equally likely to have come across this wine as they are to have encountered Fendant.

If you're going to drink a red with Swiss melted cheese dishes like raclette or fondue, make it Dôle.



In Depth

Dôle is a well known Valaisian red wine, not a grape variety as such, rather a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay (and occasionally with a very small percentage of other grapes). To qualify as Dôle, natural sugar levels in the constituent grapes must pass certain levels. However, within this simple definition there is a wide variety of offerings. The ratio of the two varieties varies from 51% Pinot Noir, 49% Gamay through to 100% Pinot Noir. Generally speaking, the wines with higher proportions of Pinot Noir are better and as we follow the river Rhône westwards towards Lake Geneva, the proportion of Pinot Noir gradually decreases. Also, since 1993 growers have been allowed to add 10% of other grape types. There is speculation as to whether this is a good thing with optimists contending that the addition of varieties such as Syrah will improve overall quality - time will tell. Dôle can vary in quality from a light insipid confected wine right through to lovely complex and long lasting examples - serious stuff indeed. The best examples are from the area around Chamoson and Sierre.

Tasting Notes

The blend brings harmony and balance. It is very light red in colour. It has a complex nose of cherries, raspberries, strawberries and spices which also come through on the palate. Medium-bodied, smooth and easy drinking. The Pinot brings finesse and earthiness while the Gamay brings fruit and structure. This wine has complex fruit aromas and is rich with spicy notes with a long finish. It is an intriguing wine as it does not taste like a Pinot Noir or a Gamay. It has its own unique identity and the two grape varieties pair well.

About this vintage

Vintage
2014
SKU
4116017
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12.5 %
Stock
8
Last tasted
2017
Keep until
2030
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
Red
Region
Valais
Wine features
Slow Wine
Variety
Blend, Dôle Blend, Gamay, Pinot Noir
AOC / DAC / DOC
AOC Valais
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Aged in
Steel
Serve at
15
Composition
Dôle Blend: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Wine features
Slow Wine

More about this wine

Food matches
White or red meat and cheese.

Dôle - a traditional Swiss blend which combines the elegance and body of Pinot Noir with the fruitiness and structure of Gamay.

Dôle is to Valais reds what Fendant is to white - a staple offering in the region. Skiers in the Valais are equally likely to have come across this wine as they are to have encountered Fendant.

If you're going to drink a red with Swiss melted cheese dishes like raclette or fondue, make it Dôle.



In Depth

Dôle is a well known Valaisian red wine, not a grape variety as such, rather a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay (and occasionally with a very small percentage of other grapes). To qualify as Dôle, natural sugar levels in the constituent grapes must pass certain levels. However, within this simple definition there is a wide variety of offerings. The ratio of the two varieties varies from 51% Pinot Noir, 49% Gamay through to 100% Pinot Noir. Generally speaking, the wines with higher proportions of Pinot Noir are better and as we follow the river Rhône westwards towards Lake Geneva, the proportion of Pinot Noir gradually decreases. Also, since 1993 growers have been allowed to add 10% of other grape types. There is speculation as to whether this is a good thing with optimists contending that the addition of varieties such as Syrah will improve overall quality - time will tell. Dôle can vary in quality from a light insipid confected wine right through to lovely complex and long lasting examples - serious stuff indeed. The best examples are from the area around Chamoson and Sierre.

Tasting Notes

The blend brings harmony and balance. It is very light red in colour. It has a complex nose of cherries, raspberries, strawberries and spices which also come through on the palate. Medium-bodied, smooth and easy drinking. The Pinot brings finesse and earthiness while the Gamay brings fruit and structure. This wine has complex fruit aromas and is rich with spicy notes with a long finish. It is an intriguing wine as it does not taste like a Pinot Noir or a Gamay. It has its own unique identity and the two grape varieties pair well.

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