Different blends according to the vintage created with the Hôtel de Ville Crissier.
The idea was born in the 1980s when Frédy Girardet and Raymond Paccot met – an encounter between terroir limestone and chef’s honed knife that led to the design of a new wine, streamlined and with great class. The wine is seductive by its smoothness but also appreciated for its great gastronomic flexibility.
This complicity continues with Franck Giovannini of the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, and with Laurence Rochat, who continue to create their own blends, in a kind of direct link from earth to table.
Harvest on 29th August 2022
In 2022, the weather was exceptionally hot and dry all summer.
The chasselas started flowering at the end of May. We feared the heavy storms and at the same time waited impatiently for the rain. Between the beginning of May and mid-August, it rained 150mm, which is 4x less than in 2021 at the same period (it is true that in 2021... it had rained particularly heavily!).
We had to adapt our cultivation methods, for example by braiding the branches rather than shearing them and by leaving more " umbrella " leaves in the grape area. In fact, the leaves provide shade and removing them in such heat strains the plant. In addition, we laid down the grass and did not mow it. This protects against evaporation and keeps the soil moist.
Shortly before the harvest, we worked hard to remove the few bunches of grapes that had blocked their ripening due to the lack of water and that remained acidic, by passing over each plot with a loyal and expert team.
In the end, apart from the very young vines and a few more sensitive areas, the vines proved to be incredibly resilient to the drought.
We started harvesting on the 29th of August with our young Pinot Gris vines. This was unprecedented in Féchy. The berries were slightly smaller, but very healthy and particularly concentrated in flavour. These small yields allowed us to harmonise the ripeness of the skins and the sugars.
2022 shows great taste, body and concentration.