50/50 Humagne/Cornalin. WOW. This is seriously complex in a unique register. From steep terraces in Saillon, the neighboring village down valley from Fully (to the east). This variety was once thought to be native to the Val d’Aosta on the Italian side of the border, when in fact the Valais is its native origin. In fact, what they call Cornalin in the Val d’Aosta is not in fact the original Cornalin aka Humagne rouge, but a hybridized clone. True Cornalin aka Humagne is essentially extinct in the Val d’Aosta now. In complexity and intrigue, one of my favorite reds in the lineup, not to be missed!!!
The tasting note from the Chappaz website: “The color is a fine, dark purplish. The nose navigates between black fruits (blackberry, blueberry), violet and coal. Soft in attack, the mouth takes on greater tension as it unfolds and develops a fresh body, with aerien volume. Beautiful long fruity finish, very palatable.”