Valentin Farandole 2014
Using one third Chardonnay and two-thirds pinot gris , this sweet liqueur wine is made, depending on the vintage, by the combined use of a drying-room to dry the grapes and cryoextraction (freezing the grapes and then pressing them at a temperature of -7°C). The combination of these two techniques conserves the fruity aroma of these grapes varieties whilst concentrating the sugars and other important elements. The wine is then fermented and aged in wooden casks (barriques) for 12 months, in order to strengthen its natural complexity. This sweet wine is an ideal accompaniment to foie gras and, if it is drunk very cold (5°C) with chocolate mousse.
The typical white grape of Burgundy and Champagne. Nowadays, it is found in many vineyards throughout the world. However, Chardonnay demands particular conditions if it is to develop fully all of its qualities. If the climate is too hot, its very subtle bouquet can become too intense and vulgar, resulting in a wine which is heavy and unpleasant.
Grown mainly in the vineyards of northern and central Europe, the Pinot Gris is renowned for its sweet, sugary juice. Its grapes also have a natural tendency to shrivel and dry when over-mature, producing a juice with a naturally high sugar content. Known as Malvoisie in Valais (CH) and Tokay in Alsace (F).
Serve at 5-16°C (depending on the meal)
Drink within 2-20 years