Domaine Chappaz Grain Arvine De Fully 2018
We have a new winery from Switzerland called Domaine Chappaz! Domaine Marie-Thérèse Chappaz is located in the village of Fully, a picturesque mountain landscape of chestnut forests, vibrant vegetation and Chappaz’s terraced vineyards.
While vine growing was a Chappaz family tradition, Marie-Thérèse was the first to estate bottle. 1988 was her first vintage, and 1989 marked the birth of Marie-Thérèse’s daughter Pranvera in July and the founding of the winery in September. She grew the domaine from 1.5 hectares in 1989 to today’s 10 hectares of historic vineyards planted to indigenous and international grapes including Chasselas, Petite Arvine, Pagan, Gamaret, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Hermitage, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay and Pinot Noir. Since 2003, the entire estate has been farmed biodynamically and today, is Demeter certified.
Chappaz's 2018 Grain Arvine de Fully is slightly sweet, but what an amazing, bright and shining wine this is! The bouquet is bright as a sunny winter day in the Valais and is flinty like gun powder intertwined with bright and precise fruit aromas. A bit Condrieu-like, I'd say. This is an entirely terroir-driven wine, and any idea to guess the variety is a bad idea. The palate is lush, intense and concentrated but also pure and piquant. The finish is highly elegant, with perfectly ripe and intense fruit, but there's so much mineral backbone that it finally plays the main role. This is so salty, and any sweetness is just ripe fruit. The finish is enormously long. This is a world-class wine from between the worlds of dry and sweet. Molitor's finest green capsules come to my mind. The finish of this Arvine is enormously long, complex and salty, with great purity, precision and freshness. This can age for decades and challenge any German Rieslings then. 14.9% alcohol plus 12 grams of residual sugar. Tasted in January 2020.