A marriage between Riesling and Madeleine Royale, the Riesling-Sylvaner was selected at the beginning of the century by a prominent professor of Swiss viticulture, Professor Muller-Thurgau. It is currently one of the most cultivated white varieties in the world, from California to South Africa through the countries of the East, Alsace, Germany, etc. At Balisiers, Riesling-Sylvaner has a very elegant muscatée note. It is the earliest grape variety of our estate with which the grape harvest usually begins. Indeed, it must be harvested early to avoid losing its natural acidity. It is drunk well refreshed as an aperitif and also accompanies a cold buffet or appetizers. Some enjoy it with shellfish and seafood, even with cheese dishes, instead of chasselas. Very pale yellow color.
Pinot Blanc is a grape originally planted in Alsace and on the banks of the Rhine, but recently this specialty has acquired a new reputation as grape variety of the Geneva vineyards. Our Pinot Blanc is grown on the left bank, Perly and Castle Sierne (Veyrier). Lemon yellow color. This Pinot Blanc reveals a fleshy nose where the yellow apple dominates. The palate is harmonious with a nice fresh attack, a round mid-palate with hints of sweet fruit and a lemony finish. Wine aperitif, it is consumed with salmon carpaccio with lime, vegetable pie and also with the white fish of the lake. Tasting: ready to drink three years after bottling. "... winey and beautiful ..." (24h)
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.