Gamay was originally grown in France’s Touraine region, in parts of the Loire valley and, most famously, in Beaujolais. However, the soils of the Geneva countryside now also yield a particularly fruity Gamay. Some Geneva vineyards, such as those around Peney and Peissy, produce a Gamay that can be vinified to keep for five years or longer. Like all the other reds from the Domaine des Balisiers, our varietal Gamay is matured for a year at the winery before it goes on the market. Gamay is the leading red varietal produced by Geneva winemakers. It is primarily a mealtime wine to accompany cold-cuts, white meats and poultry. Unlike most reds, it can be served slightly chilled. It is a ruby-coloured wine with a distinctive fruitiness, typically featuring notes of raspberry and blackberry.
Originally grown for its grapes as fruit, this variety still accounts for some 40 per cent of the total acreage of Swiss vineyards. At the Domaine des Balisiers, however, it is something of a “residual”. In order to give it more substance, its yields are strictly controlled, at 70 hectolitres per hectare. It is a pale golden yellow. Its flowery nose features dominant notes of camomile and lime-tree blossom. It makes a good aperitif white but it also goes well with fondue, raclette, cheeseburger and other cheese-based dishes. We recommend drinking within about two years of the harvest depending on the vintage.
The hallmark of our Sauvignon Blanc is that it is vinified without a second (malolactic) fermentation in order to preserve the fullness of its vivacious character. This variety is grown in the gravely soils of Plan-les-Ouates, on the left bank of the Rhône. Its pale colour gives nothing away of the explosion of exotic aromas that characterizes its nose! It is redolent of mango, lime and other tropical fruit. On tasting, it fully delivers on its promise of intensity, blending citrus fruit with efflorescence of black current. Also notable are its full-bodied texture and long finale of freshness. “The Sauvignon Blanc, which grows so well in the Geneva canton, was highly enjoyable on account of its aromatic complexity combining black-current efflorescence, elderberry flower and tomato leaf, blending into vivid expressiveness and the varietal’s characteristic freshness” (24h)