Some Pinot Noir, some Gamay and voila you have Dôle. The two grape varieties (Pinot Noir and Gamay) assembled together create an entirely different and distinctive flavour than when on their own; this is the uniqueness of this wine. Dôle usually requires at least 50% of the wine to be Pinot Noir and the rest Gamay, although here in Switzerland there is a higher proportion of Pinot.
The Nose – a slightly musty masculine style, with a hint of smoke, black pepper, spice, black cherries and a smidgen of liquorish.
The Palate – A velvety fruit driven palate, warm alcohol, a good long warm lengthy aftertaste.
Food match – various grilled or barbequed meats, large flat mushrooms and grilled aubergine.
Mood match – happy and relaxed in a pre alp Swiss refuge with a group of good old friends. I believe the taste of a wine is greatly influenced by the surroundings you are in and by your company. So if you really want to enjoy a wine be in good company and pleasant surroundings.
As we approach autumn (it really feels as if we are already in it) Dôle des Monts is the perfect drop. Not too heavy, not too light – a pure delight. Enjoy!
Nina Bobillier a wine reviewer and guide. email@example.com