AOC Genève, Domaine les Hutins, 2016
Bright ruby colour with violet hues. On the nose, the impression is of fruitiness with fresh wild berries and hints of roses. When young, wood- ageing notes are perceptible as roasted vanilla aroma, but in a very elegant way. On palate this Merlot has the velvety texture unique to this variety. Despite the concentration and opulence, this wine also displays all its elegance and finesse with lovely fine-grained tannins.
|Origin:||Schweiz / Genf|
|Ripening potential:||5 to 9 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Meat terrine, Roast veal with morel sauce, Roasted lamb gigot, Wild specialities, Spicy hard cheese|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, short must fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces, long cultivation|
|Maturation duration:||18 months|
Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity
Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.
Geneva: diversity at a high level
It is famous as a UN city, clock town and as a financial metropolis. However, Geneva is also increasingly recognized as a wine region. In 1988, Geneva was the first canton of Switzerland to establish a designation of origin (AOC). Since then, something almost revolutionary has occurred in the southwestern tip of Switzerland. With refreshing sparkling wines, aromatic Sauvignon Blancs, complex cuvées from Bordeaux varieties and many other specialties, Geneva vintners are demonstrating the treasure that lie in their terroir.
Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.