Chasselas

White grape variety

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What is Chasselas?

Chasselas, also known as Gutedel, is a white grape variety from Switzerland. It makes light-bodied white wines that gain much from being aged on lees, the dead yeast cells left over after fermentation. Chasselas can be and often is treated as a high-yielding workhorse grape, but at lower yields it can make expressive, age-worthy wines.

What does Chasselas taste like?  

Chasselas has a rather neutral but fresh taste. Ageing it on lees, gives it a textural element. The best wines develop notions of nuttiness and waxy, hay-like aromas with age. 

Where is Chasselas from?  

The origins of Chasselas are not clear, neither is its parentage, but it is thought to have originated near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. 
 


Where does Chasselas  grow?  

Chasselas is Switzerland’s most widely planted white grape variety. It grows in the cantons of Vaud, Valais (where it is called Fendant) and Neuchâtel. In Germany, most plantings are concentrated on the subregion of Markgräflerland in the region of Baden. Co-ops still turn out gallons of neutral plonk, but artisan wineries make remarkable wines. There is some minor plantings of Chasselas in Haute-Savoie and Alsace in France, and some in Austria, but these tend to go into blends, or form parts of field blends, and are rarely bottled as a pure varietal wine.  

Famous Chasselas  regions:  

  • Vaud, Switzerland 
  • Valais, Switzerland 
  • Neuchâtel, Switzerland 
  • Markgräflerland, Baden, Germany 

Anything else?  

Chasselas’ ability to ripen fully without clocking up much alcohol may stand it in good stead with increasingly warm temperatures. 

Our selection of great Chasselas   

  • Henri & Vincent Chollet, Vaud, Switzerland 
  • Domaine des Muses, Valais, Switzerland, 
  • Ziereisen, Markgräflerland, Baden, Germany 
  • Blankenhorn, Markgräflerland, Baden, Germany 
  • Rieger, Markgräflerland, Baden, Germany 
  • Schoffit, Alsace, France 
  • Pierre Frick, Alsace, France 

Country of origin: Switzerland
Color: white
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 5.5 to 22.9 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Abelione

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2022 Chasselas Clos à l'Abbé
Weingut Krebs & Steiner
White Wine
Chasselas
12%
Chasselas Clos à l'Abbé White Wine
93
2022 Coteau de Verschiez Amphore
Bernard Cavé
Switzerland
Chablais Vaudois,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Coteau de Verschiez Amphore White Wine
93
2022 Calamin Grand Cru Cuvée Vincent
Blaise Duboux
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Calamin Grand Cru Cuvée Vincent White Wine
92
2022 Calamin grand cru AOC Cuvée Vincent
Blaise Duboux
Switzerland
Calamine,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Calamin grand cru AOC Cuvée Vincent White Wine
92
2022 Chasselas Vieilles Vilette Grand Cru AOC
Domaine Potterat
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
Chasselas Vieilles Vilette Grand Cru AOC White Wine
91
2022 »37°« Chasselas trocken
Weingut AuTerroir
Germany
Baden,  Baden-Wuerttemberg,  Germany
White Wine
Chasselas
11,5%
»37°« Chasselas trocken White Wine
91
2022 »Brillant« Pfaffenweiler Arenit Chasselas Eiswein
Pfaffenweiler Weinhaus
Germany
Baden,  Baden-Wuerttemberg,  Germany
Sweet and Dessert Wine
Chasselas
11%
»Brillant« Pfaffenweiler Arenit Chasselas Eiswein Sweet and Dessert Wine
91
2022 Dézaley Grand Cru Haut de Pierre
Blaise Duboux
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
13%
Dézaley Grand Cru Haut de Pierre White Wine
91
2022 Villette les Murets
Blaise Duboux
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Villette les Murets White Wine
91
2022 Dézaley Grand Cru La Dézaleyre
Domaine Butticaz en Dézaley
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,6%
Dézaley Grand Cru La Dézaleyre White Wine
91
2022 Petit Duc Epesses AOC Lavaux
Jean-François et Benjamin Chevalley – Domaine de la Chenalettaz
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Petit Duc Epesses AOC Lavaux White Wine
91
2022 Dézaley grand cru AOC Haut de Pierre
Blaise Duboux
Switzerland
Dézaley,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
13%
Dézaley grand cru AOC  Haut de Pierre White Wine
91
2022 Coteau de Verschiez
Bernard Cavé
Switzerland
Chablais Vaudois,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Coteau de Verschiez White Wine
91
2022 Epesses Clos du Boux Grand Cru
La Maison Massy
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12%
Epesses Clos du Boux Grand Cru White Wine
91
2022 Fendant «L'Enfer du Calcaire»
Domaine Histoire d’Enfer SA
Switzerland
Sierre,  Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
11,5%
Fendant «L'Enfer du Calcaire» White Wine
91
2022 Clos du Boux Grand Cru Epesses
La Maison Massy
Switzerland
Lavaux,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
Clos du Boux Grand Cru Epesses White Wine
91
2022 De Facto
Domaine La Colombe SA
Switzerland
Switzerland
Sparkling Wine
Chasselas
12%
De Facto Sparkling Wine
90
2022 Es Embleyres Dézaley Grand Cru AOC
Jean-François et Benjamin Chevalley – Domaine de la Chenalettaz
Switzerland
Dézaley,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,9%
Es Embleyres Dézaley Grand Cru AOC White Wine
90
2022 Fendant Vétroz Les Terrasses
Domaine Jean-René Germanier
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12%
Fendant Vétroz Les Terrasses White Wine
90
2022 Aigle Chapelle
Bernard Cavé
Switzerland
Chablais Vaudois,  Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Chasselas
12,5%
Aigle Chapelle White Wine
90
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