Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Famed in Burgundy from where it came to our region, it is also the basis of great Champagnes to which it provides a liveliness, finesse and elegance. Said to have been introduced into France during the Crusades it was then extensively planted in Burgundy by the Benedictine monks. Chardonnay is closely associated with French wine tradition as well as being planted increasingly throughout the world. Its quality potential is nevertheless at its best in cooler, temperate climes.
Chardonnay has been grown in Switzerland since the latter half of the 20th Century, and in 2005 covered 303ha, of which 83ha are in Geneva. When fully ripe, Chardonnay grapes produce full-bodied, fruity wines capable of being powerful but retaining good acidity giving good ageing potential.
Yellow with hints of gold; a bouquet of oaky notes with a touch of brioche and ripe apples. The initial freshness on the palate gives way to a roundness underpinned by good acidity. This lively, smooth wine finishes with hints of lemon.
Drink within two years.
Ideal serving temperature
10 - 12°C
Marries well with salmon, other fish and shellfish, meat in white sauce or a good cheese board. A marvellous accompaniment to mushrooms and black truffle dishes.