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Chasselas (France)

Chasselas is a white wine from the Savoie region in the French Alps.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear

Herbs
Herbs
Flowers
Flowers
Peach
Peach
Flint
Flint

Citrus, Apple, Pear, and white Peach are typical Chasselas flavors, with hints of Herbs, Flowers, and "flinty" Minerals.

Profile

Chasselas wines are dry, aromatic, and acidic:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Salads
Salads
Fish
Fish
Cheese
Cheese

Chasselas works well with Gilled Fish, composed Salads, and Soufflés.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent pairings:
Alpine Cuisine. Fish Dishes.
Grilled Fish. Lake Fish. River Fish. Trout.

Cheese:
Raclette. Beaufort. Comté Gruyère.
Soufflé. Fondue.

French Spesialities:
Snails or Prawns with Garlic.
Fried Chicken with French Fries.

If You Like Chasselas

You May Also Like:

Arneis (Italy)
Chenin Blanc Dry (France)
Douro Branco (Portugal)
Etna Bianco (Italy)
Falangina (Italy)
Fiano (Italy)
Kerner (Germany)
Riesling (Alsace, France)
Rousette (France)
Roupeiro (Portugal)
Vermentino (Italy)
Verdicchio (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

About Chasselas

Chasselas is an early ripening grape variety. It is well suited to the cool weather in the alpine slopes of Savoie in France (French Chasselas) and Switzerland Swiss Chasselas).

In the Loir region in France, Chasselas is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce a wine called "Pouilly-sur-Loire".

Savoie Wine Region

Savoie is a wine region in the French alps, south of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Altesse (aka Roussette) produces the finest white wines in Savoie, while Jacquère is the most planted grape. These are the appellations in Savoie:

  • Vin de Savoie AOP
    White, red, rosé, and sparkling wines (mostly white), made from grape varieties Jacquère (50%), Altesse, Chasselas, Verdesse, Chardonnay, and Roussanne.
  • Rousette de Savoie AOP
    White wines made from Altesse grapes.
  • Seysell AOP
    Dry white and sparkling wines.
  • Crémant de Savoie AOP
    Sparkling wines made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise.

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