Swiss wine is produced from nearly 15 000 hectares of vineyards, and the wines are mainly produced in the west and in the south of Switzerland, in the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Valais and Vaud. White grapes varieties are grown on 42% of the country's vineyard surface, and red grape varieties on 58%. Nearly all the national production is drunk within the national boundaries; less than 2% of the wine is exported (mainly to Germany). Swiss wines must be labeled to show their geographic origin. The regions include: the Vaud, Valais, Neuchatel, Ticino and Thurgau. The two most common grape varieties in Switzerland are the red Pinot noir at around 30% and the white Chasselas at around 27%. A large number of grape varieties are cultivated in Switzerland, many of them indigenous or regional specialties.
- Item #: i_364210Bottle Size: 750mlA classic Swiss white. Svelte, elegant, fruity on the palate, with a mineral character, it is a wine for any time of day. It is enjoyed as an aperitif, with grilled or pan-fried fish, with shellfish and sea food, not forgetting raclette and alpine cheeses. Flowery, slight character of the different areas. Straw yellow, bright good presence of CO2. Mineral character, crispy, intense.
- Item #: i_364195Bottle Size: 750mlWINERY NOTES - Our winemaking family has been passionate about wine for generations. Often cited as an example for its dynamism and creativity, pioneers in many innovative approaches, our family continues to develop unique expertise which contributes to maintain an up to date image of swiss vineyards. Eager to give our wines the ultimate expression, we put a lot of energy into producing wines of the highest quality. A grape renders the magic of a place, the personality of the terroir and the strength of the variety, but only if the vine evolves in a healthy and natural biological environment. This conviction led us one day to Biodynamics. Without a doubt, biodynamic winemaking produces spectacular results to the intensity and diversity of tastes. We systematically rule out industrial logic and excessive use of mechanisation. With pleasure, we accept the challenge of cultivating our vineyards by hand. When purchasing wines signed by Henri Cruchon you acquire a guarantee of authenticity, as well as respect for nature and human values. Behind each bottle, Henri Cruchon wines depict their own truth, a far cry from the long procession of industrial and soulless wines.
- Item #: i_364184Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS
The 2016 Auvernier Chardonnay is pure, intense and mineral on the nose, where ripe fruit and very fine chalk and sur lie aromas are displayed. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, remarkably fine and elegant wine with an enormously intense, complex and persistent finish. Still young and fresh but very promising. Tasted in February 2019. BIODYNAMIC.
La Maison Carree - The Perrochet family can trace its heritage in Auvernier, in the Neuchatel region, back to the 16th Century when the Maison Carree, a landmark in the village, was built. The family began tending vines and making wine on the property soon thereafter. Managed by Jean-Denis and Christine Perrochet since 2008, their son Alexandre is now taking over winemaking responsibilities. The two estate vineyards are located about six miles apart: one near Auvernier to the west of Lake Neuchatel and the other in Hauterive to the east. The diverse stony soils in these vineyards are rich in marl, limestome and iron, creating expressive, aromatic whites – including the silky, minerally Chardonnay. La Maison Carree’s wines have been produced Biodynamically since 2012.