Cuvée 1844 Chenin Blanc 2019
Ostschweizer Landwein, Roland und Karin Lenz, 750 ml
The Chenin Blanc grape is unquestionably one of the most diverse and underrated white wine varieties in the world of viniculture. Originally native to the Loire Valley in France, it has found a new home in the sunshine terrace of the Thurgau region, where superb white wines are produced from it. This pure Chenin Blanc variety offers a vast range of aromas: hawthorn and orange blossoms, star fruit, apple peel, cut grass, haystack and damp stone. It nestles harmoniously, almost creamy and yet with an exciting grip on the palate, while revealing itself as full-bodied, lively and juicy! An exciting, fruity-sweet bouquet of aromas including lemon grass, nectarine, candied ginger and dried apricot. Enjoy it to trout meunière, spicy finger food or green asparagus.
|Switzerland / Ostschweiz
|Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine
|1 to 5 years after harvest
|10 to 12 °C
|Baked egli fillets with tartare sauce, Fish terrine, Spicy hard cheese
|partly in steel tank, partly in wooden barrel/foudre
Roland und Karin Lenz
In 1994, while Roland Lenz was still studying oenology, he and his wife Karin were able to acquire eight hectares of vines on the Iselisberg. It was a unique opportunity that they seized, even though they were toying with the idea of setting up their own business abroad, far from Switzerland. They actually did so later, but that's another story…
It is only in the last two decades that the Canton of Thurgau has really come to the attention of wine lovers as a wine-growing area. Its apple orchards and the apple juice (must) pressed from the picked fruit have always been popular, inevitably earning the canton its nickname of «Must India». Viticulture, however, has existed in this region for centuries.
Small area, great variety
The Chenin blanc now grows on just one percent of French vineyards. But its wines are immensely diverse. The homeland of this grape is the Loire Valley. There it muscles into the light-footed frothers of Saumur and Vouvray. The vintners of Bonnezeaux and Quarts-de-Chaume process them into beguilingly sweet wines. And in Savennières it yields dry whites with mineral cores and great aging potential. They smell of apple, honey and fresh straw, and show great body and a stimulating acidity. The world's largest area of Chenin blanc is in South Africa, where it landed in the mid-17th century with Dutch traders. The most exciting wines result from old vines drawn from traditional bush forms.
Eastern Switzerland: an intriguing puzzle
Eastern Switzerland has long been positioned on the northern rim of the climate zone where the cultivation of popular Swiss varieties is possible. Due to a warming climate, the vineyards of Aargau, Zurich, Schaffhausen, Thurgau and Graubünden are now in the zone where varieties such as Müller-Thurgau or Pinot Noir succeed excellently. But even long-established, almost-forgotten varieties such as Elbling, Räuschling and Completer are experiencing a renaissance.
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.