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Jean-René Germanier Balavaud Dôle Vétroz Grand Cru 2018 Valais

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Dôle, is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, the classic Swiss red wine blend

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Domaine Balavaud is situated in the small hamlet of Balavaud in the Commune of Vétroz in the high lying Valais Region.  Owned by Jean-René Germanier regarded by many as one of Switzerland’s top wine producers. Founded in 1886, making it one of the oldest Swiss wineries, this family owned company is now headed by 3rd generation Jean-René and his nephew Gilles Besse.

Their delicious Dôle, is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, the classic Swiss red wine blend. Do not compare Swiss Gamay to its lighter cousin in the Beaujolais here it stands alongside Pinot Noir in weight and depth. The grapes are crushed and undergo a 5 day maceration before fermentation in tank, the malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. The result is surprisingly full soft and spicy with plenty of depth and length.

Located in the mountainous southwestern corner of Switzerland, Valais used to be very remote until the arrival of railroads. It was part of Savoy then joined Switzerland.Valais has 125 appellations, the most prestigious of which (from west to east) are Fully, Chamoson, Vétroz, Saint-Léonard and Salgesch. The valley’s lower slopes are 650m above sea level yet the shelter from the high alpine peaks makes this part of the Rhône valley the driest and sunniest in the Alps. Even better, it also benefits from the autumnal foehn wind, which blow dries grapes and protects from rot. Most vines grow at between 460–760m (1,500 and 2,500ft). Most need to be terraced and you will see pulley and rail systems to get things and sometimes people up and down the vineyard. The gradients are steep, in some places up to 90%. This steepness, although making it harder to manage and harvest the vines, brings the significant benefits of excellent drainage and increased exposure to sunlight. The soil is generally light, well aired, with only a little clay. The vines need irrigation from time to time. Valais has a centuries old hillside irrigation system redirecting glacier melt to vineyards and fields, called "bisse". 

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Vintage 2018
Region Valais
Colour / Type Red
Alcohol content 12.5
Bottle Size 750 ml
Maturity Drinking now but could keep too
Organic Yes
Non-certified Organic No
Biodynamic No
Sustainable No
vegan Yes
Style Medium bodied, Aromatic, Dry, Fruity, Long
Grapes Gamay, Pinot Noir
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