Ligne Prestige Brut
Charles Rolaz (La Roche aux Fées SA), 750 ml
The Ligne Prestige 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.
|Origin:||Switzerland / Waadt|
|Grape variety:||Chardonnay, Doral|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 6 years after purchase|
|Drinking temperature:||8 to 10 °C|
|Food Pairing:||Apéro pastries, Apéro riche, Bouillabaisse, Baked egli fillets with tartare sauce|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||on the yeast, long cultivation|
|Maturation duration:||24 months|
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.
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.
Vaud: stronghold of the Chasselas
Vintners of Vaud have almost stubbornly maintained their loyalty to their preferred variety, Chasselas. This is now paying off, as white wines with moderate alcohol content are experiencing a renaissance. And vintners today interpret the lightness of Chasselas in their own individual ways. Over 100 chateaux produce wine here. By contrast, the wine villages fascinate with rural charm. It is these contrasts that make this winegrowing canton an exciting destination for wine tourism.
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.