This variety is a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royale that was first bred in the early 20th century by eminent Swiss viticulturist Professor Muller-Thurgau. It is currently one of the world’s most widely cultivated white grape varieties, from California to South Africa, eastern Europe, Alsace, Germany and elsewhere. The Riesling-Sylvaner from Les Balisiers features an elegant note of muscat. It is the most precocious variety grown on our estate, and typically the first to be harvested. Indeed, it needs to be harvested early so as to preserve its natural acidity. It is a very pale yellow. It is best served chilled as an aperitif, and it makes a harmonious companion for cold cuts or finger-foods. It is also thoroughly enjoyable with seafood and even with cheese dishes, as an alternative to Chasselas.
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).
This Chenin Blanc varietal is the colour of straw, with slightly silvery hues of green. The generous fruitiness of its nose blends in harmoniously with the toasty, vanilla aromas imparted by its 18-month vinification in oversized oak barrels. On tasting, the first impression is one of intensity, followed by a rich substance balanced between fruity notes and the effects of vinification blended into the very structure of the wine. This varietal is amazingly well balanced in spite of its powerful complexity. At the time of tasting, it delivered impressive length but lacked a touch of freshness to bring out the fullness of its potential depth.