For anyone whose main love in life is cheese.
From: Savoie, France
Varietal: Jacquère, Chasselas, Chardonnay, Altesse Taste: The Viallet family have been working the vineyards of Savoie since 1966, when Marcel and Yvonne purchased their first estate, Domaine Clos Réservé, in Apremont, a mere 10km from Chambéry. Their second son Philippe joined the business in 1984, after having studied wine-making in Beaune. He realized the strong commercial potential of the wines of Savoie, and in 1985, he created Maison Philippe Viallet. This wine is a blend of grapes from the region not commonly known to us here (with the exception of Chardonnay) - Chasselas, Chardonnay, Altesse with a majority of Jacquere. In the glass, the wine is a bright light straw color with green and grey hints. The nose is exuberant and bouncy, with an Alpine freshness, crisp orchard fruit and Asian pear notes that follow through to the palate in the most pleasant way. There’s fantastic minerality and texture here, with a slight saltiness on the finish.
Pairing: Fondue! Raclette! Tartiflette, Reblochonade, Boit Chaude, Diots, Crozets, and any gratin dish. Please google the above to find recipes and more. They’re basically a myriad of cheese + potato + meat (charcuterie, ham, lardons, etc) combinations that result in fascinatingly different (not to mention delicious) flavors. Also, seafood-based dishes, spring pastas, savory tarts, and fresh salads garnished with pear and roasted nuts work beautifully alongside this wine. Or, check out this potato-based, smoked salmon Swiss-inspired recipe below.
Swiss Rosti With Smoked Salmon and Poached Egg
By David Tanis
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