Author: Nik Rasula
About the Canton: Domaine Henri Cruchon rests on the shores of Lac Léman, 10 km west of Lausanne in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, Switzerland. On the eastern slope of the Jura Mountains, it lies at 500 metres above sea level at latitude parallel to Burgundy, France.
About the Grape: Chasselas (Chas-a-la) is Vaud’s signature grape. Native to the canton, this white has been grown here since the 16th century.
About the Maker: The placeholder of a multi-generation family operation, Henri Cruchon has been instrumental in the revival of the domestic wine industry. Recognizing both the potential in cool weather wines, and the understated profile of Switzerland viticulture, he is helping bring international attention to Swiss wine commerce. Now in his 80s, Henri has transitioned daily operations to sons Raoul and Michel, as well as granddaughters Catherine (Oenologist) and Yaëlle (Viticulturist).
About the Vineyard: Farming 42-hectares outside the town of Morges, the family applies biodynamic principles to its 100+ small vineyard parcels. Applying gentle, hands-on methodology – including sheep grazing, hand harvesting and spontaneous fermentation to the winemaking mix – allows for rapid intervention into the daily/yearly challenges of alpine wine production.
About Terroir: Lake-influenced high-altitude continental climate, in combination with sloping alpine terrain, and a mix of calcium-based soils, contribute unique/distinct attributes to the wines of Henri Cruchon.
About the Wine: One hundred per cent estate Chasselas, LMS presents a medium straw colour with golden highlights. On the nose, pleasing floral notes combine with passion fruit aromas. The clean and balanced mid-palate features ripe flavours of apricot and melon on a rolling glycerin platform. The finish is long and impressive.
About Pairing: Cheese fondue, poached or grilled river/lake fish, cream-based pastas, roasted vegetables with andouille sausage.
About Closure: Cork
About Alcohol Level: 12.5% (abv)
About Availability: Check liquorconnect.com (call the listed store too) confirming availability.
CSPC # 813232