Ligne Préstige Brut
Charles Rolaz (La Roche aux Fées SA), 750 ml
The Ligne Préstige Brut from Charles Rolaz, canton of Vaud, made from Chardonnay and Doral grapes – a cross between Chardonnay and Chasselas – shows aromas of white peach, pear and mirabelle on the nose, underlined by subtle floral notes reminiscent of meadow flowers. On the palate, it appears creamy, balanced and with a pleasant, fine perlage. A harmonious sparkling wine that goes excellently with aperitifs of all kinds, but also shines with fish crispbreads with tartar sauce.
|Grape variety:||Chardonnay, Doral|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 6 years|
|Drinking temperature:||8 to 10 °C|
|Food Pairing:||Apéro pastries, Apéro riche|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||on the yeast, long cultivation|
|Maturation duration:||24 months|
King or beggar?
Hardly any variety of vine shows such a broad spectrum of quality as the Chardonnay. Its wines range from faceless neutrality to breath-taking class. It is an extremely low-maintenance vine, which explains why it is grown around the world – even in places where it probably should not be. The aromas of the Chardonnay variety are not very pronounced: a bit of green apple, a little hazelnut; in warmer latitudes, also melon and exotic fruits. The wines are often defined by maturing in casks. They develop more or less subtle notes of butter, toasted bread and vanilla. The grapes achieve their highest expression in their region of origin, Burgundy. Its heart beats in the Côte de Beaune: one might think of the plant growth of Meursault or Puligny-Montrachet. With their finesse and complexity, they can survive for decades. Chardonnay also achieves first class in some Blanc-de-Blancs champagnes. It additionally yields great wines in the Burgundian Chablis, and increasingly in Australia and Chile. A simple rule of thumb for pairing with food: When butter and cream are involved, you cannot go wrong with Chardonnay.
Swiss grape variety: Aromatic cross between Chasselas and Chardonnay
Doral is a new variety developed by Agroscope in Pully (Switzerland). It was created in 1965 from the varieties Chasselas and Chardonnay. The aim was to create a variety that is more aromatic and sugary than Chasselas. Grown exclusively in Switzerland, this early-ripening, high-yielding grape variety, which is susceptible to raw rot, produces fresh and aromatic wines characterised by notes of tropical fruit.