Pinot Blanc 2014 La Griffe, Caves du Château, Montmagny
This white grape variety Pinot Blanc has been around for quite a while and is a derivative of Pinot Noir. In medieval times it was extensively planted in Burgundy and some of its other names are: Pinot Bianco, Weisser Burgunder, Clevner and Klävner. It is well known in Alsace and in the north of France but becoming more and more popular in Switzerland. Although not too much is planted, if you can get your hands on it, buy it! La Griffe has been so much in demand, that it has sold out. Alas, not to fret, there will be more as of April 2016, perfect timing just as winter comes to an end and the warm weather approaches.
Caves du Château is situated in Montmagny in the commune of Vully-les-Lacs in the Vaud canton. It is a small village surrounded by two pretty lakes, Morat and Neuchatel, and has stunning views of the mountains. At the domain, great care is taken in producing this delightful drop and the grapes are hand picked so that only the best are selected to make this wine.
Nose – Pineapple, melon, in fact all things considered citrus and tropical with a dash of white flowers.
Palate – Opulent but with a freshness and a slight bitterness with a rich and creamy mouth feel, moderate acidity with a slight resemblance to the Pinot Blanc’s of Alsace. A dense, sumptuous, rich wine – divine!
Food & mood match – When its back in stock in April 2016, the spring will be gradually approaching, so take a day out, pick up a couple of bottles of La Griffe from the domain and meander through the vineyards and surrounding areas of natural beauty on foot or by bike. Forests, country fields of spring flowers, lakes, vineyards, stunning mountain views and fine wine… what more could you want? Good company of course, so take along your favourite person whose company you most enjoy. Find yourself a top spot to savor the first bottle, then go home and cook a gourmet dinner (pairs very well with white meats) trying out one of the following dishes:
Suckling, slow roasted, baby piglet or Blanquette de Veau (a French veal casserole) to accompany the second bottle – bliss!
Tip: Don’t wear perfume at a wine tasting; it interferes with the wines aromas.
Available at: www.caves-du-chateau.ch
Tel: 026 677 13 30 Mobile: 079 679 10 80
By Nina Bobillier
Nina Bobillier is a wine reviewer and guide. email@example.com