ELECTUS 2011 - Jancis Robinson’s tasting note

Electus 2011 Valais Mundi By Jancis Robinson Deliberately crafted to be Switzerland’s first ‘icon wine’, a blend of Cornalin, Humagne

« The second edition of this exceptional Swiss red from a variety of Valais' extraordinary vineyards. A blend of local varieties Cornalin, Humagne Rouge, Diolinoir with Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Each variety is pressed separately. Long cold soak then spontaneous fermentation. Malolactic fermentation under the cap. Aged for 18 months in new French oak and then at least 12 months in bottle. In fact the release was delayed to allow even longer bottle maturation. Dark ruby - not that dense. There's a certain sweetness on the nose; the Swiss varieties seem to dominate the aroma. Sweetness on the palate too though there's certainly more than that. A dusty, dry finish with a combination of velvety fruit and then slightly leathery tannins, a light charge thereof, on the end. Very rich and long on the finish. Already very satisfying. No shortage of alcohol! You might argue that a little more acidity and freshness wouldn't come amiss. This wine obviously comes from some pretty sun-kissed vineyards. »

Final grade: 17/20