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.
Rose de Lune
Rose de Lune is a varietal rosé made from Pinot Noir. Its particularly tender fruitiness owes much to the fact that it is vinified from juice drawn off after the grapes have spent only a few hours in the tank. Its rosy salmon surface is transluscent, with hues of orange. The nose is an aromatic explosion of apricot, pineapple, lichee and peach. Rose de Lune is a wine for summertime meals and a delightful companion for Asian cuisine. It should ideally be chilled to 9-11° in an ice bucket before serving.
The latest addition to the Balisiers wine list, Mélopée, is made from late-picked Chenin grapes harvested at the end of November or early December in order to concentrate their sugar and aromatic complexity. Our annual production is only 500 bottles. Its brilliant colour features light hues of amber, while its powerful aroma tells a tale of stewed fruit, dates, pineapple, and ripe peach. From a smooth rounded start, its flavour develops through a compact middle to a syrupy finish. Mélopée is a very rich wine that works wonders with a passion fruit sorbet. It is the ultimate nectar, a fount of passions.