Originally grown in Alsace, along the banks of the river Rhine, the Pinot Blanc grape has recently acquired a new reputation as one of the varieties grown in the Geneva vineyards. Our Pinot Blanc thrives on the east bank of the Rhône, a few miles south of Geneva near the hamlet of Perly and by the Château de Sierne at Veyrier. This varietal features translucent lemony hues and a dominant aroma of golden apple. On tasting, it goes on to deliver a wonderful balance of flavours, starting with a clean bright freshness, moving to a full-bodied middle of sweet fruitiness and ending with a touch of citrus. It makes a good aperitif wine, but it is also a remarkable match for salmon carpaccio with lime juice, vegetarian Quiche or white lake-fish. Recommended drinking is three years after bottling.
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.