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Dole is Switzerland's most popular red wine, and the Dole des Monts of Gilliard is regarded as one of the finest. Although the requirement for the appellation is only 51% Pinot Noir, Dole de Monts is always a minimum of 75% Pinot Noir (the rest is Gamay). After the assemblage, the wine is aged for five to nine months (depending on the vintage) in large oak barrels, some of which are more than 100 years old. With its silky texture, ripe fruit, and good body, it is the perfect light red wine.
Edmond Gilliard, originally from the Vaud region, founded the Valais branch of the dynasty. To his talents as a grower he soon added those of remarkable wine-maker, gifts that helped him establish the reputation of the appellations Dole des Monts and Johannisberg Brûle-Fer. From their inception in 1886, they were to bring him countless national and international honors. He was...Read More About Robert Gilliard
Unlike its neighbors, Switzerland is not known as a wine nation. In fact, this neutral country makes plenty of wine, they just export less than 5% of it, keeping the rest for themselves. Vineyards do not take to the country as easily as neighboring France and Italy. Switzerland, while situated on a wine-friendly latitude, is highly elevated and most sites are just too cold to grow...Read More About Switzerland
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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