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Calamin Grand Cru Ilex

Louis Bovard

Calamin Grand Cru Ilex Bottle
Appellation
Calamin Grand Cru
Variety
Chasselas
Age of Vines
25
Farming
Sustainable with biodynamic practices
Soil
Clay limestone, marl, sandstone
Altitude
420 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, crushed, short maceration on the skins, fermented in foudre
Aging
10 months in neutral French oak barrels (2nd and 3rd fill)

Overview

Located between the village of Epesses and the shores of Lac Léman, and formed by a landslide the occurred more than a thousand years ago Calamin is one of the newest Grand Crus established in the Vaud. Frequently contrasted with the neighboring Dézaley, renowned for the power and density of its Chasselas, Calamin makes for wines that are more ethereal, mineral and brighter – especially in the hands of Louis Bovard. Despite the fact that it is aged in used French oak barrels, this wine is fresh and invigorating with a structure build around a core of mineral flavors rather than acidity – a quality that is prized in the best Chasselas from Switzerland. Totaling inly 16 hectares in size and formerly within the boundaries of the Epesses Grand Cru (in fact declassified Calamin can be labeled Espesses), Calamin wines are very scarce and are seldom exported.

Ratings & Reviews

91

2016 Calamin Grand Cru Ilex

Source: WA

90

2015 Calamin Grand Cru Ilex

Source: WA

Vaud, Switzerland
  • Location
    Vaud, Switzerland
  • Appellation
    Calamin Grand Cru
  • Proprietor
    Louis-Philippe Bovard
  • Winemaker
    Caspar Eugster
  • Size / Elevation
    17 hectares / 400-800 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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