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.
Comte de Peney
The Count of Peney is the fruit of more than ten years of research of Domaine des Balisiers to acclimatize the Cabernets originating from Bordeaux to the climate and the Swiss soil. Very low yield product (30 hectoliters per hectare). It is composed of 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Cabernet Franc. Great vintages are kept for twenty years or more. The Balisiers Collection allows oenophiles to acquire most vintages in original cases from 1989 to today. Aged eighteen to twenty-four months in amphorae of clay, the Count of Peney presents an incomparable range of aromas, with a great complexity. The assembly title 13 ° and more. Deep, purple-red color with a beautiful intensity, a brilliant disc and beautiful ruby highlights. The nose is divided between aromas of young leather and berries with brandy. The attack on the palate is frank with always red berries, kirsch cherry in particular. Then the mouth is tighter with still powerful tannins that combine notes of tobacco and sweet spices. Wine of festive meal, it accompanies more particularly the gastronomic dishes.
Grape variety king of Burgundy. Considered producing one of the finest wines in the world. At the Balisiers, Chardonnay fermentations in amphorae for 12 months. The amphora rearing for Chardonnay brings us a slow oxygenation of the wine which optimizes the expression of the typicity of the grape variety. It is the richest and most elaborate white wine with Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. It is grown at very low yield. Very exuberant nose with vine peach, apricot and yellow apple. The lively mouth becomes silky with a nice fat and then buttery notes of yellow flowers. Mineral touch on a long finish. He is happy to accompany fricassee of wild mushrooms, raw or smoked salmon and all the fish of the lake. It is also an ideal aperitif wine.