Kick’s picks: a taste of Switzer­land

Decanter - - CHAMPAGNE -

1 Les Fils de René Favre, Grande An­née St- Pierre Chamo­son Grand Cru Petite Arvine, Valais 2014 92

£20 Ann et Vin, Bot­tle Apos­tle, Chez Vin Ot­ley, Re­serve Wines, Theatre of Wine The Mon­tra­chet of Petite Arvine, pro­duced from one of the great­est Swiss ter­roirs, Chamo­son, which is a steep ter­raced sin­gle vine­yard of schist and mar­ble. Fer­mented in French oak and aged for 18 months, it is smooth and com­plex with peaches, sea salt and smoke. Drink 2019-2030 Al­co­hol 14%

2 Château Mai­son Blanche, Yvorne Grand Cru Sav­agnin Blanc, Ch­ablais, Vaud 2016 91

£ 28 Alpine Wines Known for its ex­cel­lent Chas­se­las, Château Mai­son Blanche also pro­duces a mor­eish and com­plex Sav­agnin Blanc. Aro­matic with gor­geous notes of truf­fle, yel­low plums and spice. Only 1,500 bot­tles pro­duced.

Drink 2019-2028 Alc 13.5%

3 Les Frères Dubois, De La Tour Déza­leyMarsens Grand Cru, Lavaux 2017 90

N/A UK www. Chas­se­las, vini­fied in large casks. Déza­leyMarsens is renowned for age­ing beau­ti­fully, and this 2017 has a long life ahead: dense palate of fresh al­monds, yuzu, and a chis­elled min­eral fin­ish. Drink 2019-2030 Alc 12.5%

4 Thierry Con­stantin, Petite Arvine, Valais 2017 90

N/A UK www.thier­rycon­ Petite Arvine is re­puted for its salin­ity and this com­plex wine em­bod­ies it per­fectly. A smoky, gun­flint nose leads to a tightly wound palate of nec­tarine, fen­nel seed and sea salt. Try with fresh oys­ters. Drink 2019-2028 Alc 14.5%

5 Henri Badoux , Aigle les Mu­railles, Ch­ablais, Vaud 2017 89

£ 27.60 Alpine Wines Chas­se­las. Em­bel­lished with one of the re­gion’s iconic la­bels, Les Mu­railles is

con­sis­tently a wine to seek out. A zesty 2017 with lemon peel, Poire Wil­liams and bak­ing spice. Drink 2019-2026 Alc 13%

6 Provins, Maître de Chais Petite Arvine, Valais 2017 89

£43.60 Alpine Wines, He­donism A quintessen­tial Petite Arvine: suc­cu­lent and creamy core of su­gar­loaf pineap­ple, bak­ing spice and gun­flint. Per­fectly pitched. Pro­duced by the coun­try’s largest wine com­pany, known for its high qual­ity and con­sis­tency. Drink 2019-2030 Alc 14%

7 Do­maine des Muses, Tra­di­tion Heida, Valais 2017 88

£ 38.80 (2015) Alpine Wines, He­donism A fresh, lifted and el­e­gantly styled Heida that opens up with notes of honey­suckle, sweet pear and a sprin­kling of nut­meg. From one of the Valais’ most re­spected and con­sis­tent pro­duc­ers. Drink 2019-2022 Alc 13%

8 Luc Massy, Clos du Boux, Epesses Grand Cru, Lavaux 2017 88

£ 27 (2016) Alpine Wines Chas­se­las, pro­duced from a 1.7ha sin­gle vine­yard, the only ‘Clos’ in the Epesses area of Lavaux. Re­fined and smooth, it opens up with Jor­dan al­monds and fresh pear be­fore fin­ish­ing on min­eral un­der­tones. Drink 2019-2024 Alc 12.5%

9 Jean-René Ger­manier, Réserve Cor­nalin de Champ­marais, Valais 2014

91 £67.94 Alpine Wines One of the grand­est and most age­wor­thy wines from the re­gion, this sin­gle-par­cel Cor­nalin is vini­fied and aged for 24 months in 400-litre bar­rels. Ex­pan­sive and brood­ing with cherries, dam­son plums and vanilla. Drink 2020-2032 Alc 13%

10 De­nis Mercier, Cor­nalin, Valais 2016 89

N/A UK www. A pre­cise Cor­nalin with del­i­cate notes of black cherries, cur­rants and earthy spice. To keep the crunch of the fruit and add a bit of round­ness, the Merciers age the wine for 12 months in mostly older French oak.

Drink 2019-2027 Alc 13.5%











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