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 climates.
Chardonnay has been grown in Switzerland since the latter half of the 20th Century, and in 2005 covered 303ha, of which 83 ha 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.
Pale yellow in colour; complex bouquet dominated by fruit (melon, pineapple, white peach). Plump and well rounded with a middle palate of exotic fruits (mango and passion fruit) together with some buttery notes, completed by a warm finish. A well structured wine.
Drink within two years.
Ideal serving temperature
8 - 10°C
Matches first courses of fish or a fish served with sauce equally well as a white meat dish. Surprise your guests by serving it with the cheese course.