Provins Chasselas L'Alpage 2020

$21.98 on six or more!

THIS is the kind of wine discovery that truly gets us charged! Beautiful, crisp mineral yet with a solid core of fruit in its center, dry, lively and clean well into its focused finish. This was one of our most popular white wines all of last year before selling out in a snap.

The 94 point score from Jeb Dunnuck didn’t hurt when he described the wine as follows: “Based on 100% Chasselas brought up all in tank (there are a couple concrete eggs used), the 2019 Valais is a beautiful white that delivers richness, minerality, and a great sense of elegance. Caramelized citrus, lemon blossom, crushed rocks, and white flower notes dominate the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium body, flawless balance, building richness, and a great finish. This is a gorgeous white readers should snatch up.”

We couldn’t agree more and the 2020 is a perfect encore performance. So this year we doubled down and brought in all we could get – even before the scores hit! By the time they do this will most likely be long gone.

This is like drinking in an Alpine spring, or running through a field of Alpine flowers, or skiing through powder on a blue-bird day. Why? Because this incredible crisp and refreshing wine comes from vineyards at an elevation of about 500 meters in the Swiss Alps – serious Alps, with vineyards along the fledgling headwaters of the mighty Rhône river.

It is sustainably farmed and made from Fendant, a local variety also known as Chasselas. It’s focused, mineral and bright, with a bigger core of green apple tinged fruit than one would expect given its modest 12 point something alcohol level, making it gentle on a warm summer day. In winter I’d go fondue or raclette, or any number of Alpine cheeses plus it’s perfect with salads, mild seafood – sushi, crudo or ceviche style. In spring and summer I’d pair it with summer veggies like Jersey corn, freshly sliced tomatoes from the garden or farm stand, sliced and topped with mozzarella or Burrata, shreds of basil and drizzled with good olive oil. Or simply enjoy it all on its own. Crack open a chilled bottle and take a little Alpine stroll without ever leaving your deck!



LOCATION ; Mont-Sur-Rolle, Switzerland


PROPRIETOR: Eric Solomon

ELEVATION: 500 meters

AGE OF VINES: 25 years

FARMING: Sustainable

VARIETIES: Chasselas (Fendant)

CELLAR: Hand harvested, gentle pressing, fermentation and aging in stainless steel tanks

"L’Alpage is a custom cuvée selected by Eric Solomon to capture the pure minerality and refreshing qualities of Chasselas grown in specific terroirs along the upper Rhône river banks. This style of Chasselas is a friendly, thirst-quenching wine perfect for after a day of hiking or snowshoeing and always welcome with cave-aged Gruyère, raclette, or fondue. Initially, we launched this cuvée from vineyards in the Valais under the local name Fendant, but with the 2020 vintage, we discovered a plot of Chasselas in the village of Mont-sur-Rolle in La Côte – a singular place with a quintessentially Swiss vista taking in Lac Léman and the Alps." – Provins


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