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2019 Caves du Chateau d'Auvernier 'Non Filtré Selection Tradition': Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Tasting Notes

Bright and crisp up front, finishes soft. Notes of tropical and citrus fruits, minerals, and slate. This wine is a cloudy wine by nature so it will deposit its lees on the bottom of the bottle; although it is customary to stir the wine just before serving. Tasty and unique, guaranteed to not disappoint!

Winery Details

This estate which is located on the shores of the Lake of Neuchâtel, currently markets the produce of about 60 hectares of grapevines.

Although the Auvernier Castle Cellars actually possess only 16 hectares of grapevines, they cultivate an additional 24 hectares and buy the harvest of 20 hectares more from vine growers with whom their ties, in some cases, go back several generations.

The light to medium chalky soils, in places with barely 15 to 20 inches of topsoil overlaying the bedrock, can be very generous, providing the grapevine with 7 to 10 feet of undersoil.

Château d'Auvernier is perched on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, cultivating 60 hectares of vineyard of light to medium limestone soil. Geologically similar to the French Burgundy terroir, although located a little further south, it benefits from the proximity of the lake, which moderates temperatures, compensating for the higher altitude of around 100 meters compared to its French cousin.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Château d'Auvernier

Grape(s): 100% Chasselas Fendant Roux, or simply Chasselas or Fendant depending on the location

Style: White, dry

Origin: Auvernier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested. Fermented at a thermo-regulated temperature of 18°C (~64°F). Bottled on the 3rd Wednesday in January, it is the first vintage of the year to be produced.

Aging: Not Available

% ABV: 11.9%