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Domaine de la Rochette

Situated between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, Neuchâtel is underpinned by the same band of Jurassic limestone that is […]

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Domaine de la Rochette

Situated between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, Neuchâtel is underpinned by the same band of Jurassic limestone that is present in Burgundy and the Jura. Compressed and folded by the geologic process that built the surrounding mountains,  then ground smooth by glaciers that also formed the region’s three lakes – Neuchâtel, Biel and Murten – Neuchâtel lacks the dramatic vistas of the Valais or the grandeur of Lavaux. The drama of Neuchâtel is subterranean. The vineyards of the region are located on the southeastern-facing slopes above the three lakes where the top soils are thinner and where the limestone is closer to the surface. These are the precise ingredients for making incredibly detailed, precise and ageworthy Pinot Noir.

Outside of Switzerland, few are aware of this hidden terroir and if Jacques Tatasciore has his way this will remain so. After leaving the world of business, he settled in Cressier and began to assemble a selection of top sites in Neuchâtel. There is no tasting room, no sign, and visitors are discouraged. Jacques is frequently awarded top honors in Switzerland for his wines, but he never attends the ceremonies – all his energy goes into his wines. Production is tiny, selection in painfully strict, allocations are jealously guarded and details are scarce. The wines speak for themselves. 

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Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Location
    Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Primary Appellation
    Neuchâtel
  • Proprietor
    Jacques Tatasciore
  • Winemaker
    Jacques Tatasciore
  • Size / Elevation
    6 hectares / 450 meters
  • Age of Vines
    35-70 years
  • Farming
    Sustainable
  • Varieties
    Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
  • Cellar
    Hand harvested, whole cluster, natural yeast fermentation, aging in French oak barrels
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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