Since 2008, we have been producing an exceptional wine : the Constellation vintage. This vintage has come about from our best harvests and our best plots, with a top-of-the range vinification process carried out under the stewardship of consultant œnologist Steve Blais, Michel Rolland’s right-hand man, the global guru from Bordeaux. The Constellation vintage is the only Swiss wine created by Michel Rolland.
The Constellation vintage is only created once the quality of the harvest is exceptional. This was the case in 2008, 2009,2011, 2012, and 2015. Each vintage has its own label, signed by a renowned Swiss artist (notably Alois Lichtsteiner, Roger Pfund and Nicolas Imhof).
This year the label has been designed by the artist-designer Sergio Marfil, famous throughout the world for his watchmaking. For the 2015 vintage, bottled in 2017, we’ve added a final presigious flourish to our wine production : a panel of experts, presided over by Gerard Depardieu in person, has selected the final blend from four propositions worked on by Steve Blais. In each selection, the same basic harvests were present, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, but with amended percentage levels. Similarly the jury chose the label for the vintage from two prior projects both designed by Sergio Marfil.
Steve Blais has for more than 16 years been the right-hand man of Michel Rolland, who has been producing the Constellation vintage since 2011. The Michel Rolland team operates in 20 countries spread across 4 continents. He counts Angelus, Pavie, and Pontet-Canet among his clients, by way of just a few examples. At the international level, he works with Ornellaia in Italy, and also with celebrated vintages in Spain, in Chile, in Argentina and in California. Château Constellation is Michel Rolland’s sole wine production partnership in Switzerland.
In order to relive this very special day with us, we invite you to watch the video footage above.The Bilan and Weltwoche magazines also dedicated exclusive articles to this event ; you can read them below.