Jean-René Germanier

Valais | Vétroz

Domaine Jean-René Germanier is located in Balavaud, a hamlet of the commune of Vétroz situated at the heart of the Valais and the Rhône Valley on the Swiss side of the Alps, famous for its warm, dry microclimate in the summer months. Out of love for the art of winemaking, quality is the highest priority. Gilles Besse and his uncle Jean-René Germanier are committed to quality and to producing wines with pronounced character, which for them means limiting their yields. They are constantly in search of innovative winemaking methods, extracting the true character of their terroirs, and seeking forgotten varieties that are awaiting rediscovery.

Jean-René Germanier 2015 Cornalin Réserve

Humagne rouge originated in the Val d'Aosta in Italy, just over the St. Bernard pass from Valais, where it was commercially extinct, but has now been replanted under its original name "cornalin." Cornalin is a late ripening variety and the rustic and herbal notes diminish as the grape reaches phenolic maturity, so the choice of a vineyard site is very important. This wine comes from 30 year old vines in Valais, grown on alluvial deposits, slate and glacial moraine sediment. The Cornalin Réserve sees extended elvage in French oak barrique (50% new oak) for 12 months before bottling.

  • 2015
  • Cornalin
  • Switzerland
  • Valais
  • Organic
  • Glacial moraine, slate
  • 12 months neutral barrique (50% new)
  • Stainless steel
  • 0.534
  • 750 ml

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