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Clos du Rocher

Martin Suardet, who embodies the fourth generation of a family of distinguished winegrowers, succeeds his father Jean-Daniel Suardet who strongly […]

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Clos du Rocher

Martin Suardet, who embodies the fourth generation of a family of distinguished winegrowers, succeeds his father Jean-Daniel Suardet who strongly contributed to the reputation of the estate’s wines and who was crowned during the Fête des Vignerons 2019, a fair recognition of his passion and his know-how in the vineyard.

Clos du Rocher’s origins trace back to the 19th century when the land, once covered in rockeries and brush, was transformed into vine terraces with stone retaining walls between 1825 and 1830. The estate’s building and cellars were constructed in 1836 and are still in use today. In 1918, the Obrist house acquired the Clos du Rocher estate, a favorite of Emile Obrist, who recognized its potential for Chasselas production. Nestled against a rock with a south-facing exposure, the estate sits on gravelly, permeable soil providing warmth to the vines. Comprising 10 hectares of vine terraces, the estate primarily grows Chasselas (96%), along with Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

For over a century, the Obrist house has produced the renowned Clos du Rocher Grand Cru Chasselas, aged in oak barrels in the estate’s cellars, maintaining a centuries-old tradition. In the past decade, red grape varieties have been blended to create the exceptional Clos du Rocher Rouge Grand Cru. Throughout the decades, Clos du Rocher’s winegrowers have been consistently recognized at the Vevey Winegrowers’ Festivals. Presently, Martin Suardet oversees vine monitoring as the fourth-generation winegrower, succeeding his father Jean-Daniel Suardet, who significantly contributed to the estate’s wine reputation. Jean-Daniel was crowned during the Fête des Vignerons 2019, a fitting acknowledgment of his passion and expertise in the vineyard. The ongoing legacy is maintained through the winemaking expertise of Obrist’s oenologist, Léonard Pfister.

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Wines

  • Red
  • Rose
  • White
  • Cider + Orange
  • Vegan
  • Certified Organic
  • Biodynamic
Vaud, Switzerland
  • Location
    Vaud, Switzerland
  • Primary Appellation
    Chablais
  • Proprietor
    Martin Suardet
  • Winemaker
    Leonard Pfister
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / 500 meters
  • Age of Vines
    20 years
  • Farming
    Sustainable
  • Varieties
    Chasselas, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cellar
    Traditional method, fermentation in large oak barrels
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