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Grain Arvine de Fully Marie Therese Chappaz 2016

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One Line Description Grain Arvine de Fully Marie Therese Chappaz 2016 Biodynamic wine, full bodied, complex, mineral, racy, burgundy alternative.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country Switzerland Swiss
Region Valais, Switzerland
Producer Marie-Therese Chappaz
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Petite Arvine
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Little Clay, limestone and Granite
Maturation Oak barrels 1 - 3 years old for approx one year
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Great young as aperitif or with fish but will age majestically over 5-10 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, de-stemmed by hand in a specially made wicker basket to protect the fruit, wild yeasts, no intervention , fermentation in enamelled steel tanks and matured in oak
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined


Grand Arvine de Fully Marie Therese Chappaz 2016 Biodynamic wine, full bodied, complex, mineral, racy, burgundy alternative. Still young, the wine is initially discreet on the nose, a little brioche, grapefruit, orange, cream with minerals underneath. The palate is dry, characteristically bitter, yet rich and mouth coating, a wine for sensual pleasure. Truly delicious wine for special occasions (or everyday if you can afford it!), ideal territory for a big birthday dinner or Christmas, a wine which delivers on all levels, rich and round so works as a crowd pleaser yet a very distinguished wine with complexity and depth to intrigue ardent wine lovers. Eat with very good chicken dishes, rabbit, terrines, some cheeses, (not too strong), fleshy white fish with rich sauces.

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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