[ Domaine de la Ville Parcel No 982 Grand Cru Selection Nature 2016 ]
This is a natural wine made of Gamay from Switzerland.
If you only know one of the elements and try to guess the outcome of it, you will never get there.
1. It’s not those strawberry bubblegum like Gamay, nor the elegant grand cru style Gamay
2. It’s nowhere close to Chasseslas style you typically find in Swiss.
3. It’s obviously a natural wine yet it is even funkier.
This wine FEELS like a BLT sandwich to me. It’s crunchy, it’s fresh, it’s meaty with some acid, silky texture mayonnaise. Just simple on the outlook yet complicated layers on palate.
If I can get you closer to the taste of this wine is its vigneron: Corentin Houillon. His uncle is the Jura star — Emmanuel Houillon of Domaine Pierre Overnoy [Arbois Pupillin!] Does it help?
Standard tasting note would be:
Cloudy bright ruby colour suggests no filtration.
At first, Sour cherries, cranberries, strawberry fruit bomb. Fizzy to almost sparkling. Some spicy rustic, earthy mid-way and at the end it’s funky, savory, meaty, natural yeasty with a smoky end.
Med body, med alc, med acid, skin contact, spontaneous fermentation.
First food that comes to mind for pairing is a lamb pot with blue cheese dip. Should do well *wink*
Domaine de la Ville was named Winery of the Year in 2015 by the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse.
The winery suggests to decant this wine. I think perhaps that’s for older vintage.
Again, credit to Kelly Lau and Jack Wu for digging this hidden gem.
Region: Vaud of Switzerland
Appellation: La Cote
other grapes grown: Chardonnay, Chasselas, Doral, Galotta, Gamaret, Gamay, Garanoir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Noir Servagnin
Production Volume: 100.000