Humagne Blanche

First mentioned in a notarial deed, the ‘Registre d‘Anniviers’ of 1313, the Humagne Blanche is one of Valais’ s oldest grape varieties. Popular tradition dictates that its origin goes back to the Romans, and a high iron content has gained it the title of «the wine of expectant mothers». A varietal only found in Valais, the Humagne Blanche, which is not related to the similar sounding ‘Humagne Rouge’, refused to disappear during the XXth century due to its low yields and its susceptibility to vine diseases.

History

Mentioned in 1313 in a notarial act of the Anniviers Register, Humagne Blanche is one of the oldest valaisan grape varieties. It is traditionally believed to have Roman origins and to be rich in iron, hence the nickname «vin des accouchées» (French for «wine for women who have recently given birth»). These two beliefs have since been proved wrong by recent studies.
Humagne Blanche is planted exclusively in Valais and is not related to its homonym Humagne Rouge. It almost disappeared during the XXth century because of its low yield and its high sensitivity to vine predators.

Winemaking

Slow and gentle pressing followed by cold alcoholic fermentation and six months of tank aging are practiced to guarantee optimal body and roundness while preserving the wine’s fresh and delicate aromas.

Colour

Yellow with grey/green highlights.

Nose

The exuberant floral bouquet offers a subtle mix of melon, citrus fruits, pear, lime blossom and hazelnut.

Palate

The structure and the nice acidity are perfectly balanced to give a truly enjoyable wine with delicate notes of honey and dried fruits that linger on the long, fresh finish.

Food pairings

Great as a sipper, Humagne Blanche works well with fish, white meat and Swiss alpine cheeses.

Medals, awards

  • 2013 Silver: Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2014
  • 2014 Silver: Expovina 2015
  • 2014 Silver: Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2015
  • 2015 Gold: Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2016
  • 2018 Gold: Sélection des Vins du Valais 2019