Domaine Chèrouche - 2015 - Le Clos
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Domaine Chèrouche - 2015 - Le Clos

Pinot Noir

Valais, Switzerland

Marc and Andrea met while working harvest with a domaine in the Lavaux near Lausanne back in 2007, and since then, began working on the idea of farming and making their own wines together. Domaine de Chérouche (lieu dits who translate for "under the bedrock”) began in 2010, when they found small isolated vineyards that they could work by hand following their philosophy. Being as far away from your neighbours is primordial in Valais, as working the steep slopes is evidently extremely hard. As of 2017, they now look after 8 plots, all located in Ayent, on a mixture of schist and quartz soils. Altitudes are between 550-850, with often up to 30-35% gradient slopes. They work with local varieties Arvine, Amigne, Paien & Chasselas, but also some international varieties such as Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir. (Newcomer Wines)

Pinot Noir planted in 1973 at 850 meters above sea level. This is their “Vin de garde”, which, depending on the vintage, is fun in its youth, but experience has shown that it needs 4 to 5 years of bottle aging before it reveals its secrets. (Domaine Chèrouche)