Light, lively and fruit-driven: the character of a Chasselas wine
White wines made from the Chasselas grape are silky, fruit-driven, spritzy and mild. Overall the grape's flavour is quite restrained, which allows different soils, climate and particular terroirs to be fully expressed. Chasselas wines are therefore multifaceted.
Many Chasselas are vinified as light and refreshing table wines but it is perfectly possible to produce premium wines with Chasselas grapes. Dry styles where malolactic fermentation takes the edge off acidity generally achieve a very high quality.
Depending on the ripeness of the grapes and how long they are aged, Chasselas wines are either fruity or moderately sweet and also develop a flowery bouquet. Chasselas wines are usually drunk young. Owing to its low acidity, this type of wine does not keep as well as other varieties. Good vintages can be aged for up to ten years, however. Long ageing brings nutty aromas to the fore. It also has a beneficial effect on the wine’s texture, making it both silky and full-bodied.
A Chasselas wine is an excellent match for light dishes. Its mild acidity makes it ideal for pairing with fish
. It is also superb as an aperitif wine