DOMAINE DES CHOUANS 2010This month we committed to doing our best to cover wines from areas that we generally do not associate with wine production, along with varietals not commonly spoken about, and today, we’re cleverly covering off both of these.  We’ve decided to start our ‘say what now?‘ January long feature, with a white wine from Switzerland, Domaine des Chouans, made from the Chasselas grape.

First, let’s start off with the grape.  The Chasselas grape grows in multiple wine regions in Europe, including Switzerland, Portugal and France. It is a green skinned grape that turns a golden, yellow hue when ripened, with origins, supposedly, from Switzerland.

On colour, the Domaine des Chouans from wine creator Philippe et Vivien Fontaine, is an exceptionally pale wheat hue, reminiscent of thoughts of subtlety and softness.  On the nose, scents of almond, citrus, and floral bouquet are noted.  On the palate, pear, pineapple, apricot, blended with fine acidity and some frizzante, provides a medium length finish on the mouth.

Philippe et Vivien Fontaine’s Domaine des Chouans, would make for a perfect match to your outdoor patio affairs, as its refreshing and fruit forward taste, make for a great addition to that temperate afternoon.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $15.95.

We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5.