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THE AMIGNE

This ancient white varietal, cultivated today only in Valais, was in all likelihood brought here by the Romans. The vitis aminea finds mention in the third volume De re rustica, by Columella. Because of the Amigne, the Valais can claim a tradition of viticulture extending over two millennia. Few winegrowing regions can boast as much. The first official mention of the Amigne occurs at the international viticultural exhibition in Geneva in 1878. Today there are a total of 38 hectares worldwide, all planted in Valais, of which 27 are at Vétroz.

DESCRIPTION

The vine shoot is beige, tinged with violet, pruinose, with nodes of a very pronounced violet hue. A vigorous variety, the Amigne has from medium to large leaves, rounded in form and slightly bullate without pronounced indentation. The underside is pubescent and the edges turn slightly downward. The lower leaves of the vines begin to yellow from the edges once they have reached maturity. The Amigne ripens about three weeks later than the Chasselas. The varietal is highly susceptible to coulure and millerandage. The bunch is medium to large, very elongated, loose and multi-branched. It has a very long peduncle. The berries, slightly ovoid, are a greenish yellow.

WINE

The Amigne yields a rich and powerful wine, whether dry, semi-dry or sweet. Notes of apricot jam and mandarin accent the nose. On the palate, its powerful body is balanced by vigorous acidity and a tannic finale. The Amigne reaches optimum drinking pleasure after 5 to 10 years in the cellar.

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