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Chardonnay Vielles Vignes

A very fine Chardonnay made from grapes from vines aged over 45 years.


Source
Switzerland
White

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2008
SKU
4110133
Composition
Chardonnay 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12.6 %
Stock
32
Last tasted
October 12 2017
Keep until
2020
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
White
Region
Valais
Variety
Chardonnay
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal

More about this wine

Grown around Chamoson on alluviual soils of sand and gravel with some clay and silt. The grapes were harvested manually at 92°Oechsle at a low yield of 40 hl/hectare. They were gently pressed, and fermented slowly at a controlled 20°C, matured on the lees in barrel with regular bâtonnage and bottled after 2 years. Ample and complex with flavours of pineapple and nuts, this is a truly exceptional wine which goes well with terrines, fish dishes and soft cheeses. Drink now. Serving temperature 12°C. Acidity 5.3 g/litre. ABV 12.5%.

Ben says (July 2016): A beautiful mature Swiss Chardonnay unlike any you would find in the New World. The grapes are from vines at least 40 years old. This is hand-crafted expert artisanship at its best. It is a glorious burnished gold with sparkling clarity. A joy to behold. Tropical aromas dominate the nose with plenty of banana and kiwifruit. There is a background hint of toffee and hazelnuts. This is as unctuous as a non-sweet wine can be. The tropical flavours continue on the palate with pineapple joining in the party. The oaking is very elegant and not at all overpowering. Simon Maye is a superb winemaker and this shows off his skills perfectly.

With less than six cases left, now is the time to immerse yourself in this delight.

Ben says (October 2017): Still as good as last year and will continue to delight for a few years yet. Chardonnay lovers should snap this up.



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