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Thalheim Chalofe

Tom Litwan

Thalheim Chalofe Bottle
Appellation
Aargau
Variety
Pinot Noir
Age of Vines
15-50+
Farming
Certified organic and biodynamic
Soil
Chalky and rocky clay-limestone over Jurassic limestone
Altitude
490 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, whole-cluster natural yeast fermentation in 228L French oak barrels
Aging
12 months in neutral 228L French oak barrels, vegan

Overview

Chalofe in the local Swiss-German dialect is Kalkofen in German or lime kiln in English. As the name suggests, this is a chalky site with a southern orientation and barren rocky soils ensuring ripening despite its elevation of 500 meters above sea level. Sheltered by forest above and with a magnificent view of the Aare Valley below, this was the first site where Tom Litwan acquired vines when settling in the Aargau. Considered by many to be Aargau’s preeminent Grand Cru candidate, Chalofe is a ripe but brooding Pinot with soaring aromatics and a complex countenance of supple fruit and forest-floor flavors.

Ratings & Reviews

95

2019 Thalheim Chalofe

Source: WA

93

2017 Thalheim Chalofe

Source: WA

94

2016 Thalheim Chalofe

Source: WA

93

2015 Thalheim Chalofe

Source: WA

91

2014 Thalheim Chalofe

Source: WA

91

2013 Thalheim Chalofe

Source: WA

German Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Location
    German Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Appellation
    Aargau
  • Proprietor
    Tom Litwan
  • Winemaker
    Tom Litwan
  • Size / Elevation
    8 hectares / 500-550 meters

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