CLOS DE TSAMPÉHRO IN VALAIS, SWITZERLAND
"Quality without compromise” is the mindset at Clos de Tsampéhro. And there is everything to achieve it successfully.
The estate is located in an exceptional terroir at the heart of the Valais wine region:
steep-slope vineyard with south-east orientation, receiving lots of sun
high diurnal range from this mountainous area, slowing down grapes maturation
great diversity of well-drained soils from a rich geological activities
a constant wind, the foehn (warm and dry) drying grapes, reducing disease risk
The skilled team is deeply committed to protecting the heritage and environment of the region. They follow biodynamic principles and promote biodiversity (they even host bees and a kitchen garden). They are also willing to preserve rare indigenous varieties such as rèze. My friend Lucas and I were welcomed by Johanna, one of the four managers of the estate and candidate for the prestigious title of Master of Wine.
The estate is about 3 hectares of indigenous and international varieties: rèze, heïda, cornalin, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc. Yield is low, around 20-25 hl/ha. It is therefore a quite exclusive production.
In the cellar, all wines are fermented and matured in oak vessels, with close monitoring at every steps of the winemaking. In brief, they pay attention even to the smallest details. And for the anecdote, Tsampéhro means “field of pears”.
Clos de Tsampéhro Rouge VII (2017).
blend of cornalin, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc
matured 2 years in oak barrels
use of native yeasts
no fining, no filtration
intense and concentrated aromas of black fruits, spices, animal notes
a lively acidity, nicely integrated silky tannins
Harmony is a good word to sum up the soul of this wine estate!