Grape Varieties: a blend of Gamaret, Garanoir and Cabernet Sauvignon
A cross between Gamay and Reichensteiner (a German white variety), Gamaret was developed by the Agroscope research centre in Changins (Nyon, Switzerland) during the 1970s. From 1983 Geneva was the pioneer in experimenting with this variety. Very soon its good attributes were noticed - excellent resistance to rot and relatively early ripening. The wines it produces are deep coloured and full bodied and their plentiful tannins are rounded and silky. Often used in a blend, it can also be made as a single variety. Today the Geneva vineyards account for 100ha of the 300ha planted in Switzerland.
It is highly likely that Cabernet Sauvignon originated in Bordeaux. In the 13th Century it was said that the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec was the favourite wine of the courts of England and Aquitaine. Today it is grown throughout the world. Only a little is planted in Switzerland due to the climate, with 13ha in Geneva and just 53ha total in Switzerland. A late ripener, it needs excellent exposure to the sun and very low yields in order to show its full potential. Harvested when fully ripe, the grapes give a wine of character, with a bouquet reminiscent of blackcurrants and violets. High tannins and good acidity provide long ageing potential.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels in the cellars of the Château.
Red colour with hints of violet; an intense bouquet of vanilla and spices. Initially round and supple the flavour gives way to a well structured wine with firm tannins. Black fruits (blackberries and blackcurrants) dominate the finish of this plump wine.
A wine to keep (up to five years) which can, however, be enjoyed immediately.
Ideal serving temperature
16 - 18°C
To drink with grilled red meats: rib of beef, saddle of lamb, duck filet. Could also be an admirable partner to a dark chocolate dessert.