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Thursday, February 17, 2011

2004 Testuz Dézaley L'Arbalete - Grand Cru

Jean & Pierre Testuz, one of the most prestigious Swiss wine companies, has been established for more than 450 years, passing through 13 generations. The oldest documents describing the history of the Testuz family and their first vineyards date back to 1538. Today, Testuz is famous for producing high-quality wines in the heart of Dézaley.

Testuz is located in the heart of the appellation Dézaley, the most famous and prestigious wine district in Switzerland. The vineyard is situated between Lausanne and Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva, overlooking acres of open fields.

The L'Arbalete is a white wine composed entirely from the Swiss-type of vine called Chasselas.

On the nose I get stunning aromas of lemon grass, creme, mineral, bread pudding, and hints of honey and stone fruit.  It's really unlike any other wine I've ever smelt. It has an exotic-type nature to it, but it's not at all tropical. You know what it reminds me of?......a french bakery that's making some kind of lemon soufflé.

On the palate the wine has a very oily texture and coats the palate with flavors of crème brûlée, lemon curd, citrus, honey, and slight apricot notes. The finish is exceedingly long and has some toasted and buttered sweetbread notes. The acidity also shows up on the finish, which helps to balance the richness of this wine.

I can see this wine pairing excellently with all types of delicious seafood dishes. Scallops anyone??? Also because the wine is very round in texture and has it's alcohol under control, I can see it pairing nicely with several asian dishes as well. It's world class stuff and it's priced as such ($47.99).  92 points

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