Dizzying Dézaley

I’ll admit it. It was the view that sold me. The vineyards flowing down the steep hillside into the lake with the Alps in the background. Gorgeous.

Eric Solomon explains, “Vertiginous slopes and a loose gravelly soil threaten an imminent plunge, only to be broken (along with several bones) by the occasional terrace wall. With an ideal southern aspect, one that takes advantage of the reflected rays of sunlight from the lake below, and the looming presence of the surrounding Alps.”

These are the vineyards of Louis Bovard on the shores of Lake Geneva. From these dizzying heights, Bovard produces his “Medinette.” If Chasselas is better known for its aromatics and high tones, this Grand Cru is richer and mellower, the aromatics deeper, while still retaining enough acidity for pair nicely with cheese, cold cuts, or a chicken dish.

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