In 2004, the team of Balisiers decided to proceed to a new experience of white encépagement. After multiple tastings, a systematic study of the potentialities of our terroir at Château Barillet and Vallon de l'Allondon (Russin), we chose the Loire's historical grape variety: Chenin Blanc. First in Switzerland, 3 hectares of Chenin Blanc from the mass selection of Gibault nurseries (Jugné sur Loire) were planted in 2004 and 2005 with an open lyre trellis. Chenin is aged 12 months in amphora without malolactic fermentation to keep all its freshness. The Chenin Blanc will allow us to raise two types of radically different wines: a dry white wine and mineral and our first sweet wine (noble grains) from sorting in late harvests.
100% Gamaret, the crossing discovered at the end of the 20th century by the Federal Station of Changins, the Rousse Moon is planted on a parchet of three hectares in Plan-les-Ouates and raised fifteen months in amphorae of clay in our storeroom. This new original Swiss grape variety - originally destined for the blending of Pinot Noir and local Gamay - has been revealed over the last decade and has conquered the Geneva terroir. Wine often dark carmine with a strong tannic expression and low acidity, the Rousse Moon accompanies all meat and spicy dishes (tartare, curry pot, Thai cuisine, chamois stew, etc). "It's the most beautiful Gamaret ever tasted!" (Raoul Cruchon, Oenologe in Echichens) "What material for this concentrated wine full of promise!" (Raymond Paccot, Winzer / Kelterer in Féchy) "It's a strange wine (...) that reveals a subtle matter to be vinified, tannins to be coated, a dry extract with a powerful aromatic potential. (...) It is a great wine of guard, and its success is considerable ". The world
Chasselas is the "Swiss national grape variety". In fact a table grape, it still represents nearly 40% of the vine growing in Switzerland. At Balisiers, it is rather residual. To keep its substance, this grape is severely controlled, at the rate of 70 hectoliters per hectare. At first glance, we notice its golden yellow color.The nose is very flowery with chamomile and linden that stand out. White wine to drink as an aperitif or with cheese specialties, fondue, crusts and beefsteak with cheese, raclette, etc. Tasting: must be drunk within two years of its vintage.