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The face our wines: Blaise Hofmann

The face our wines: Blaise Hofmann

Discover Blaise Hofmann, writer and co-librettist of the Fête des Vignerons 2019, with his Chasselas named Terravin, and his Gamay Grand Cru 2018.

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Aubonne and good wines at the Château d’Es Bons

Aubonne and good wines at the Château d’Es Bons

Discover Christian and Antje Streit, winegrowers at the wineyard Es Bons in Aubonne. Cave de la Côte carries out the vinification of the estate’s three vintages – a chasselas and two reds, one of which is aged in barriques – that form part of the Organic and Natural Wines Collection

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The faces our wines: Marion Wahlen

The faces our wines: Marion Wahlen

The “faces of our wines” are the wine producers and growers who, thanks to their meticulous work, provide you with magnificent vintages each year. As part of our quest to introduce you to these “faces”, we’re focussing on Marion Wahlen, a young wine-grower from Gland, who answered our questions and told us all about her passion for the world of viticulture and how she first met the Cave de la Côte cooperative.

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La Montoise 2017, his favorite

La Montoise 2017, his favorite

From the Auberge de Lavaux, the view over Lake Geneva, the Alps, and the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage-listed vineyard is one of the most magical you can find. The wine list is (almost) as impressive. If he hadn't become a chef, Christophe Rod would have made a fine sommelier or oenologist. He recently launched a new venture to create his own wine in conjunction with a wine-grower friend of his. The chef, who hails from Vaud, has a passion for wine and a particular penchant for chasselas, “a grape variety that is so emblematic of this terroir and above all the people who cultivate and work with it...”

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La Montoise 2017, a delicate and floral win

La Montoise 2017, a delicate and floral win

And the winner is... Montoise Esprit Terroir by Cave de la Côte. On 29 June, in the elegant setting of the Château d’Aigle, the international jury of the 7th Mondial de Chasselas announced its winner. It was a record edition with 820 participants in the various categories, many from beyond the wine's homeland of Vaud, with around ten participating countries, approximately 1,400 visitors and nearly 200 award-winning vintages.

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La Montoise 2017: secrets of creation (2/4)

La Montoise 2017: secrets of creation (2/4)

At what stage do you realise you’re dealing with a great wine? How do you recognise its potential and grow this future champion? For Rodrigo Banto, head oenologist at Cave de la Côte, the maturity of the grape is key: “2017 was a magnificent vintage. A warm, dry summer was followed by some rain, then two months from September to October that were again relatively dry for the harvest, allowing us to obtain healthy, perfectly ripe grapes and a well-controlled yield of barely a kilo per square metre.”

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The Montoise 2017, a well-bred grape

The Montoise 2017, a well-bred grape

How do you grow the best Chasselas in the world? A report from Cave de la Côte's award-winning Mont-sur-Rolle vineyard during the 7th Mondial du Chasselas in Aigle. A fully south-facing position, on hillsides with an impressive gradient, and a well-ventilated plot that peaks at an altitude of nearly 600 metres, at the high point of the Mont-sur-Rolle designation. To this ideal sunny spot are added sandy-clay soils, the ideal terroir for chasselas: these are some of the key conditions that allowed Montoise 2017 to be crowned best chasselas in the world, out of over 600 competitors, at the 7th Mondial du Chasselas.

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