A word from the winemaker - MITIS: a Latin word that means ripe and sweet
On this 17th of January we harvested the 25th vintage of our Amigne Grain Noble ConfidenCiel, the MITIS 2106. It has made history already—and has its own great history!
The idea germinated in the pioneering spirit of Jean-René Germanier when he realized that the Amigne of Vétroz had the potential to produce a world-class dessert wine.
1991 witnesses the first pressing of dessicated Amigne grapes, followed by fermentation and 12-months aging in new bordelais oak barrels.
Not satisfied with the result, he decides in 1992 to press frozen berries in order to capture the benefits of over-ripening by frost. This technique proves to by far the better one, producing a more complex and balanced wine.
In 1997 we conceived the idea of the Charte Grain Noble ConfidenCiel, as a commitment to further improvement in quality and expression of the terroir. From this point on, the harvest takes place in December or January, when the Amigne has reached ca. 150°Oe. After maceration overnight, the fruit is pressed with bunches intact so as to extract the astonishing aromas that linger in the skins wilted and darkened by botrytis and repeated frosts. The must is then placed in new oak barrels to be aged on the stirred lees for 24 months.
Having tasted the oldest vintages, I can assure you that that this wine is immortal. It is the expression of a rare Valisian variety in perfect harmony with its preferred terroir of Vétroz, the dry climate and the unique composition of the soil.
Richard Riand, Winemaker
About the MITIS 2014
A vintage that sports both power and balance.
It enchants from the outset with a brilliant and intense straw-golden robe. The nose tends to notes of orange marmelade and grilled pineapple. Unctuous and with robust structure on the palate, it reveals an expressive fruit accompanied by discreet roasted undertones.
The long finish unfolds with the characteristic finesse, punctuated by notes of sun-ripened quince.
About the Amigne grape by Dr José Vouillamoz
A native variety of the Valais region in Switzerland, Amigne was first recorded towards the end of the 17th century, between Sierre and Sion, before it became established at Vétroz, which has become its territory of choice (with 70 % of the Amigne variety grown in the world). Although it may be a grandchild of Savagnin Blanc (known as Heida or Païen in Valais) and Gouais Blanc, Amigne is an orphan variety. Its alleged Roman origins cannot be substantiated.
White. Indigenous. 42 Ha (0.3% of the Swiss vineyards)