Collection Comte de Peney
Our Comte de Peney is the result of over a decade of experimental research to adapt Cabernet varieties from Bordeaux to the climate and soils of the Geneva area. It is a blend of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Cabernet Franc, produced from extremely low yields (30 hectolitres per hectare). Great vintages of Comte de Peney can keep for 20 years or longer. Our Balisier Collection offers wine-lovers the opportunity to purchase most vintages back to 1989 in their original cases. Comte de Peney is matured for 18-24 months in clay amphora. It features an incomparably broad range of flavours and rich complexity. The blend has an alcohol titre of 13° at least. Its deep red, purply colour is intensely expressive: a brilliant disk with shimmering hues of ruby. The nose is a delicate balance of immature leather and berries steeped in spirit. On tasting, the first impression is clean, again with dominant flavours of red berries, particularly kirsch-steeped cherries. The taste then narrows down, still with its powerful tannins, but combining notes of tobacco and gentle spiciness. Comte de Peney is a wine for special occasions, an ideal match for the most refined cuisine.
In 2004, the Domaine des Balisiers decided to plant a new white grape variety experimentally. After numerous tastings and a thorough investigation of the characteristics of our soils, we decided to try the traditional variety of the Loire valley, namely, Chenin. This was to be the first such experiment in Switzerland. In 2004-05, we thus planted three hectares of Chenin Blanc from the massale selection of the Gibault nursery at Jugné sur Loire, which we trained and pruned in the open lyre shape. Our Chenin Blanc is matured for 12 months in clay amphora without undergoing malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the best of its freshness. This successful experiment has enabled us to produce two radically different white varietals. The first is dry and mineral, while the second, made from late-picked grapes, is our only sweet white wine.
Having identified the outstanding potential of a 0.7 hectare vineyard planted with Pinot Noir in Peissy, we undertook to enhance the quality of its produce further by limiting its yield (8-10 bunches of grapes per vine), delaying the harvest, and vinifying it separately. Ilôt Noir spends three weeks in fermentation tanks in order to maximize its concentration by enhancing its tannins, substance and colouring. It is then matured for a year in large oaken barrels (“foudres”) for micro-oxygenation and aromatic subtlety, and subjected to minimal filtration. With its garnet-red colour, this Pinot Noir varietal features a nose of remarkable freshness, fragrant with raspberry. On tasting, its flavours strike a harmonious balance between subtlety and the smoothness of silky tannins. It holds the promise of great potential for ageing.