Raissennaz

The pride of our family, the Raissennaz terroir is simply exceptional!

The pride of our family, the Raissennaz terroir is simply exceptional!

It is made up of a triptych that is splendid in Pinot Noir’s expression. First, the limestone, present in the sub-soil, which gives the grape variety its elegance. Then the fine clay enriches it with a silky texture and finally a western exposition gives a climate that is relatively cool and temperate, which lends itself to the ultimate expression of this grape variety. The whole gives this Grand Cru a majestic depth of fruit, a dense and chewy silkiness, all of it wrapped in an elegance that has become legendary. This terroir offers one of the finest expressions of Pinot Noir in Switzerland.

 

Vine parcel map

 

 

 

Terroir and soil profile

Raissennaz is a deep calcosol – limestone with a super-abundance of calcium ions – with an orange-tinted strip that is not limestone, from a terminal moraine. No erosion, no sinkage. The terroir’s average slope varies from 10 to 15%. It faces west, southwest and lies at 450-500 metres altitude.

The wine

  The fact that Raissennaz is a very great wine is due to the magic of the happy marriage of Pinot Noir to an exceptional terroir. This is an irresistibly sensuous wine with a wild charm. A depth of majestic fruit, a rich and chewy silkiness, all wrapped in an elegance that has become legendary. A lengthy maturing, 18 months including 12 in oak barrels brings out its wonderful character.

 

 

Technical information

Grape variety

 

Pinot noir

Pruning method

 

Simple Guyot

Planting density

 

7500 vines/hectare

Age of vines

 

40 years for some of the vines, 19 for the rest

Targeted yield

 

Naturally: never goes above 35hl/hectare

Work in the vines

 

Biodynamic since 2000 :
pruning, debudding, deleafing and harvest all by hand

Between rows sward

 

All the rows; mechanical under vine clearing using an inter-vines machine.

Clones

 

Burgundian clones, Oberline, Cortaillot for the older vines and Servagnin for the younger