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What does Chasselas taste like?

What does Chasselas taste like? It’s a harder question than it may at first appear. Chasselas is Switzerland’s most important white wine variety and makes up over a quarter of the country’s vineyards.

However, this grape variety is notorious for having a lack of character and therefore being hard to describe. On my visit to Switzerland recently I asked several winemakers to describe the character of Chasselas wine; here’s what they said:  

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Vinumrarum - 4th Wine Fair of Independent Winegrowers and Winemakers

On Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd December 2017 around 70 winegrowers and winemakers from all over Switzerland show their latest creations in the Bernexpo Congress Centre in Bern. The 4th edition of vinumrarum.ch again combines tasting and direct sales. This wine fair targets above all lovers of wine and offers a unique opportunity to discover the diversity of Swiss wine production.

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Swiss Winery of the Year 2017

Les Frères Dutruy has been awarded this week Swiss Winery of the Year at the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2017.

The estate is located in Founex (La Côte) Vaud along the shores of Lake Geneva. Renowned for their fresh and modern wine styles, and among others for bringing back its nobility to the Gamay grape, Les Frères Dutruy have become the reference between Nyon and Geneva.

"One of Switzerland's Best Red, One of the World's Best Gamay" says Vinum Magazine about Gamay Grande Réserve « Les Romaines »

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Rare vintage

Traditionally overlooked among Europe’s producers, Switzerland’s small-scale, sustainably focused wine industry is now ripe for international growth. 

“In Switzerland it is in our genes to do things well,” says musician turned winemaker Gilles Besse. “But everything is about scale,” he adds, explaining that there are only 15,000 hectares under vine in Switzerland, making it a mere dot on the world’s wine map; petite compared with neighbouring France (785,000 hectares), Italy (750,000) and Germany (102,000).

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Swiss Red Wines Report 2017 by Stephan Rheinhardt, The Wine Advocate

Swiss people seem to be proud, saying: “Swiss wines are the best kept secret of Switzerland.” In fact, it’s not the Swiss mentality to shout out loud how great Swiss wines can be and that they should be appreciated everywhere on planet wine. I am sure they would be adored if only one knew them. However, Swiss wine producers don’t export (except for just a handful) for a few reasons. 
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