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Regional Spotlight Valais Switzerland

Regional Spotlight Valais Switzerland

Concealed between large mountains in the south-western corner of Switzerland lays the Valais wine region. It is underappreciated and not as widely known in the world, but it is the largest of the country, producing more than 40% of the country’s wine production. It is home to over 20,000 independent vignerons that have mostly worked as co-operatives, yet an increasing amount are now making and selling their own wine abroad.

Of the 12,3000 acres (5,000ha) planted, the most popular varietal is Pinot Noir for the red and Chasselas for the white. There many indigenous varieties of the region, but some of the most popular varietals planted include Cornalin, Syrah, Gamay, Petite Arvine, Johannisberg (Sylvaner) and Malvoisie (Pinot Gris). 

The beautiful terroir of the Valais region includes high alpine peaks with many vineyards planting on steep gradients. There are over 125 different appellations in Valais, so there is a lot of diversity and things to discover. Andreas has always been a big fan of Switzerland wines and below you will find some of the top performing wines from the Valais region.

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Cave Sainte Anne – Cornalin De Sion Prestige 2014
Switzerland – Valais – Red
92 Points

There are some fine hints of vanilla and chocolate on the mid-palate. Good length as well. Really attractive with juicy fruit, nice drinkability. However, I think it is still a wine that has the potential to develop more complexity and grace over the coming years. Bloody good.”


Domaine Rouvinez – Coeur De Domaine 2012
Switzerland – Valais – Petite Arvine, Savagnin Blanc, Marsanne – White
94 Points

“Dense fruit, but lush tropical fruit, but underlined by a very bright acidity. Plenty of extract there like hints of orange zest, lemon zest, finely spicy with a beautiful balance. Really powerful and dense with a good grip, fairly long finish. All the time I call it elegant with that bright freshness. “


Hammel – Les Montbrisés 2014
Switzerland – Valais – 1er Vin – Petite Arvine, Païen – White
92 Points

“So nice zesty notes, with juicy yellow fruit underlined by that very vibrant youthful acidity. No hints of oak here either. It is really salivating on the palate. Combining crushed stone with barely ripe yellow stone fruit. Really intriguing with a fairly long finish.”


Jean René Germanier – Cayas Reserve 2013
Switzerland – Valais – Syrah – Red
92 Points

“I like this a lot. It is a good density here, high concentration of fruit. Inky dark berries like blackberry and plum. Fine spiciness; anise seed, black pepper. Very nice level of acidity.


Charles Bonvin 1858 – Cuvee 1858 - 2011
Switzerland – Valais – Red
92 Points

“Multi-layered with really finely grained tannins, backed up by a brilliant freshness. Really long and lingering finish, with a good deal of complexity. A wine I find having both concentration and complexity, but also very juicy and nice drinkability. An excellent wine.”


Caves du Paradis – Noir de Noir 2013
Switzerland – Valais – Red
90 Points

Quite full body, very nicely textured, with dried tannin, dense, juicy dark berry fruit with those very powdery tannin. Discreet wood still adding a touch of smokiness, fine notes of black pepper. Well-preserved acidity, good ripeness of fruit, finely integrated wood, and a long spicy finish. Very nice.


Provins – Les Titans Petite Arvine – 2012
Switzerland – Valais – White

92 Points
Really mouthwatering, with a bold luscious texture with all that slightly tropical fruit. Some nutty notes. You don’t feel the alcohol, even though the ripeness and viscosity are fairly on the high side. Very pure and very long complex wine, with plenty of character and style. I really like it.”

 

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