Abbaye de Mont, Sauvignon Blanc, L'inattendu 2021
AOC Mont sur Rolle, Ville de Lausanne, 750 ml
The Sauvignon Blanc of the Ville de Lausanne has a scent of green chilli, white currant and yellow, exotic fruits. Its oak ageing is already clearly perceptible in the nose and gives it a special touch. On the palate, L'inatendu (the unexpected) is very herbaceous, spicy with a pleasant astringency and juicyness. The main aromas are gooseberry, thyme, jalapeño peppers, white grapefruit zest and some mint. In any case, it is an "old world" style Sauvignon Blanc and thus not too loud, but also not well-behaved in the glass. The finish is marked by a discreet extract sweetness and an animating saltiness. A great food companion! It is worth giving the wine air, opening the bottle early, caraffing and enjoying it from a large glass.
|Origin:||Switzerland / Waadt / La Côte|
|Grape variety:||Sauvignon Blanc|
|Label:||Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 8 years|
|Drinking temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food Pairing:||Italian antipasti, Bouillabaisse, Whitefish fillets à la meunière|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, fermentation of entire grape, fermentation in steel tank, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection, in small boxes|
The Sauvignon blanc can be recognized with your eyes closed. Its typical bouquet is marked by green notes: freshly cut grass, tomato bunches, gooseberry. Citrus fruits, cassis and flint join into the mix. In warmer latitudes it also shows exotic aromas, such as passion fruit. Its acidity is decidedly lively. In all likelihood, it comes from the Loire Valley, where it is vinified in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre in its purest form: varietally, and without timber. In the 18th century, it found its way to Bordeaux. Ambitious producers assemble it there with Sémillon into substantial whites, which are aged in oak barrels. The Sauvignon blanc has been a sensational success in the past 20 years in New Zealand. With its refreshing sweet-and-sour style, winemakers from down under have conquered the world. The rich Sauvignons from Styria and crisp examples of South Tyrol and Friuli are worth mentioning as well. It pairs with anything from the sea. Or do it like they do on the Loire, and enjoy it with goat cheese.
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.