Aligoté is one of the traditional white varieties of Burgundy. It thrives in deep soils with a little limestone and has accordingly developed into a local specialty of the Geneva vineyards. The vine is easy to identify from its luxuriant foliage and reddish shoots. Fruity and full of character, our Aligoté features faint notes of spiciness and lime. It goes particularly well with all seafood dishes and fish, also making a good aperitif in the Winter months. It is a dry wine, a specialty that needs to be well chilled before serving. One wine critic praised its “aromas of ripe fruit underscored by a melliferous note” (24h). To quote another: “in the deep soils of the left bank of the Rhône, on the hillsides of Lully and Perly, this variety matures exceptionally well. This white has a wonderful freshness with just the right touch of acidity” (Basler Zeitung, Wine of the Week).
The “king of Burgundy” is a variety considered to produce some of the world’s finest wines. At the Domaine des Balisiers, Chardonnay undergoes its fermentations in clay amphora for 12 months. Maturing the wine in amphora ensures slow oxygenation, which optimizes the expressiveness of its varietal character. Together with Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay is one of our richest and most elaborate white wines. Vineyard yields are kept very low. Our Chardonnay’s exuberant nose is all about vineyard blood-peach, apricot and golden apple. From initial freshness, its taste develops into silkiness with an elegant full-bodied texture and buttery notes of yellow flowers. The long finale brings up a mineral touch. It will happily accompany a dish of sauted forest mushrooms, salmon carpaccio, smoked salmon or any lake fish. It also makes an ideal aperitif wine.
Pinot Gris grapes are instantly recognizable from their pinkish hues, which give the pressed juice an amber colouring with a faint tinge of orange. At the Domaine des Balisiers, this variety is exclusively cultivated in carefully selected soils within the Peissy appellation of origin and at the Château de Sierne. Our varietal Pinot Gris is pale with a greenish sparkle. It is very full-bodied with sweet notes of golden apple and pineapple underscored by remarkable strength. The finale is fresh and lemony: “… finesse, purety and harmony!” (24h) This wine makes a particularly good aperitif, but it is also often served with vegetable terrines, foie gras, arctic char or filleted perch. It can be enjoyed young but has an ageing potential of three years.