2019 Les Vignes de Paradis Quintessence Chasselas

Savoie, France

A charming, medium-bodied white wine made from 100% organic Chasselas, from the stunning Savoie region.


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About The Wine

This is Dominque Lucas' purest, and arguably most traditional, expression of Chasselas. It's bright and lemony with herbal notes. There is some great minerality running just beneath the surface that holds your interest again and again.

You could think of this wine as Alpine Muscadet if you wanted a point of reference, or even Western French Chablis, either way, it's lovely and deserves a spot in your fridge.

About Les Vignes de Paradis

5th generation winemaker Dominique Lucas has found his vinous home in Savoie on the border with Switzerland. He bought Les Vignes de Paradis in 2008 and has farmed the estate biodynamically since. The hero variety is Chasselas but he plays with plenty of other varieties too.

Dominique vinifies his grapes in an array of different amphorae, barrels, and concrete eggs, without following any specific path, rather trusting his intuition and intent.

The lo-fi line up at this estate reads like a who's who of Chasselas so if you're interested to see just how diverse this underrated variety can be, start here.

Dominique Lucas of Les Vignes de Paradis
Dominique Lucas of Les Vignes de Paradis
Savoie, France
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From The Importer

'Quintessence' is a result of Dominique's recent négociant project, a wine from the Crépy AOC near Lake Geneva. Since this does not share the AOC of the rest of his wines, he has decided to label it under a separate name - 'Les Vins du Leman', named after the neighbouring Lake.

Blend : Chasselas (100%)
ABV : 12%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

The glorious Alpine landscape of Les Vignes de Paradis
The glorious Alpine landscape of Les Vignes de Paradis
Savoie, France
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    5 months ago
    Good pairing with Fondue moitié-moitié

    I have been on a quest to make authentic Swiss Fondue. The Fondue moitié-moitié recipe calls for Chasselas wine (ideally from Switzerland). It is very hard to find any Chasselas in Oz.

    The 2019 Les Vignes de Paradis Quintessence was very acidic and that helped with cutting through the rich Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois cheese. It was also a good pairing to drink with the Fondue.

    Also there were no strong floral notes and this allowed the pungent aroma of the cheese to shine through.

    Will be a repeat purchase for the Fondue season ahead.

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