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.
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.
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)