Formerly known as Rouge du Pays, the Cornalin varietal is mentioned in 1313 in a notarial deed recorded in the Anniviers registry. Tough to work with and low yielding, it failed to disappear in the XXth century. For the last 20 years its basic qualities have come to the fore again, with it becoming one of the viticulture icons of the Valais canton.
Slow maceration over three to four weeks enables the soft extraction of the tannins responsable for the colour and structure of red wine. Six to eight months ageing in vats during which the second fermentation takes place round off the production of this speciality.
Ruby flecked with violet tinges
Spicy and fruity bouquet featuring notes of black cherry, blueberry and cloves around which a vanilla top note as elegant as it is discreet.
Spicy aromas reveal a full bodied palate with rustic notes balanced by silky tannins which gain both in greatness and complexity over time.
Cornalin is a marvellous accompaniment to game, grilled meats, wild fowl and hard cheeses.
- 2014 Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
- 2014 Gold: Expovina 2015
- 2015 Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
- 2018 Gold: Sélection des Vins du Valais 2019