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Grain Cinq Marie-Therese Chappaz 2012

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One Line Description Grain Cinq 2012 Biodynamic wine, medium bodied, rich, buttery nose, structured, slightly bitter, complex
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country Switzerland Swiss
Region Valais, Switzerland
Producer Marie-Therese Chappaz
Vintage 2012
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Petite Arvine, Marsanne, Pinot Blanc, Paien, Sylvaner
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Granite, Combe d'Enfer 300-500 m asl
Maturation 50/50 concrete vats and wooden barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential After 6 years showing complexity and style, depth and length, still has a way to go, another 5 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, de-stemmed by hand in a specially made wicker basket to protect the fruit, wild yeasts, no intervention ,matured in concrete and wood
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined


Grain Cinq 2012 Biodynamic wine, medium bodied, rich, buttery nose, structured, slightly bitter, complex. The nose leaps from the glass, peach, Exotic fruit, hazelnut, savoury, pepper, butter and minerals. This is one of those wines, you keep sniffing and sniffing, it intrigues and keeps you thinking. The palate is long, deep, and satisfying. Like the Petite Arvine from the same producer, this is a wine for serious food, Pate de Fois, roast dishes, perhaps lobster or a gourmet Paella! The wine comes from two increible vineyard sites, one called 'Le Combe d'Enfer' has to be one of the most breathtaking in the Valais. A note from the wine maker.... 'The “Combe d’Enfer” (which translates literally as “the valley from hell”) is a spectacular parcel, with a 200-meter change in altitude from top to bottom. Sandwiched between two walls, its form and location are ideal for capturing heat though one side is much cooler than the other, as it is unexposed to the setting sun. Thus, this area has different grapes on each side. The Pinot Blanc and Arvine which go into Grain Cinq come from this vineyard'.

Domaine Marie-Therese Chappaz, lies on the south facing slopes of the beautiful Valais region of Switzerland just above the town of Fully. Wine production in the region dates back to the 2nd century BC and the vines carpet the lower slopes of the high mountains and climb as high as 1150 msl. The climate is hot in the summer and bitterly cold in winter with over 300 days of sunshine per year. The mountains provide a diverse terroir including loess, granit, alluvial and clay, limestone with a multitude of grapes from the well known Gamay and Pinot Noir to lesser known Cornalin and Petite Arvine. These conditions and such diversity make for a wide range of wine styles and exciting flavours.

Marie Therese took over her family estate when it was just 1.5 hectares back in the mid 80s and has worked biodynamically for over 20 years. She has built a reputation for elegant, crystalline wines with depth and style which drink well young but also age well. Her passion and commitment to quality have earned her international recognition and in 2016, her estate was listed in the Gault Millau guide as one of the best 100 wineries in the world. Today she farms 11 hectares of vines on the slopes above her house in Fully and in the nearby villages, Charrat, Leytron and Chamoson, 5 of which are only reachable on foot or in a small cable car. Now on her 31st vintage, she continues to produce over 20 different Cuvee of world class wine which are highly sort after all over Switzerland and around the world.

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