Syrah Barrique, Les Deux Cimes, Valais, Switzerland 2014
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Scottish winemaker – very limited production – unique mountain terroir
While global warming is yet to provide aspiring Scottish viticulturalists with the opportunity to cultivate vines in this country, in Jamie McCulloch’s produce we have the next best thing!
Jamie, originally from Edinburgh, founded his winery, “Les Deux Cimes”, in the Swiss Alps in 2007, one year after completing his oenology studies. He was attracted to working in this alpine region by its very particular mountain terroir that provides great scope for experimenting with a number of different grape varieties.
The wine scene in Switzerland is refreshingly populated, in the most part, by small independent wineries. Over the last few years, the quality of production has risen dramatically, yet due to the small amount of wine produced, only about 2% of overall production is ever exported.
At l’Art du Vin, we are fortunate enough to have an allocation of two of Jamie’s great wines. His Fendant, the Swiss name for Chasselas, is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc – fresh and zesty but fleshy with juicy yellow plum characters and a herbal, savoury finish.
Concentrated and really ripe style of Pinot considering where its from, quite modern in fact with delicious black cherry jam characters, lovely integrated toasty oak, almost full bodied, long spicy finish.