Pinot Noir - the great hidden gem of Switzerland
Pinot Noir from Switzerland - a Masterclass on 10th May
Members Simon Hardy (a WSET diploma holder and owner of Fitting Wines in Switzerland) and our Swiss wine ambassador, Jean-Francois Genoud will guide Members through a rare tasting of Pinot Noirs from Switzerland.
In Simon’s own words: “When you think of Pinot Noir, without hesitation you think of Burgundy. You might also think of California, Germany or New Zealand. But there will be no thought given to Switzerland, despite the surprising fact that Pinot Noir is the country’s most planted grape variety. While some of the production is blended with other varieties such as Gamay, the single varietal wines, in my opinion, are the best-kept secret of Swiss wines.”
For this seated Masterclass, Simon has made a personal selection of ten outstanding Pinot Noir wines from six different cantons. In Canton Graubünden, in the east of Switzerland, the Bündner Herrschaft is a small region close to the ancient city of Chur - an area home to some of the most remarkable expressions of Pinot Noir outside Burgundy. In Canton Neuchâtel, in the west of the country close to Burgundy, Pinot Noir comes into its own. Here, the variety dominates the vineyards and produces not only noteworthy reds, but also pure Pinot Noir rosé wines of great quality.
Cantons Vaud, Geneva, Valais and Thurgau complete the collection for this remarkable tasting of fabulous Pinot Noir wines of Switzerland.
We will taste:
2012 Domaine Les Balisiers (GE, Pessy), Pinot Noir
2012 Domaine La Colombe (VD, Fechy), Colombe Noire
2017 Anne Müller (VD, Yvorne), Pinot Noir
2016 La Maison Carrée (NE, Auvernier), Pinot Noir Auvernier
2016 Marie Thérèse Chpapaz (VS, Fully), Pinot Noir Malindzo
2014 Histoire d’Enfer (VS, Corin), Pinot Noir Passion
2014 Weingut Georg Fromm (GR, Malans), Selvenen
2014 Weingut Martin Donatsch (GR, Malans), Pinot Noir Passion
2015 Schlossgut Bachtobel (TG, Weinfelden), Pinot Noir No 3
2015 Weingut Urs Pircher (ZH, Eglisau), Pinot Noir
Friday 10th May
St James’s Room
18:30 - welcome drink on arrival
19:00 - seated Masterclass to begin
£40.00 per guest
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