Domaine La Capitaine Review
Domaine La Capitaine is a family vineyard estate of 11 hectares located in the picturesque commune of Begnins located between Lausanne and the shores of lake Geneva, Switzerland.
Reynald Parmelin first established the family estate in 1990 in parallel to gaining knowledge about viticulture practices at the renowned Ecole du Vin at Changins, Nyon.
The production of organic wines was started in 1994 and Domain la Capitaine was the first certified organic vineyard in the Canon of Vaud, Switzerland.
The winery was renovated in the year 2002 and attain in 2005 and combines both traditional methods and innovation using stainless steel and oak barrels to produce a dozen different varieties of organic wines. The vineyard also produces Grappa and organic apple juice in limited quantities.
Several times a year, the Domaine la Capitaine organizes food and wine tasting events at its vineyards in a beautiful setting overlooking the cellar with views of Mont Blanc and the lake Geneva. The chef Frédéric Chamaret greets the guests with an aperitif in the cellar followed by a sumptuous meal with each dish matched by a wine from the vineyard.
Domain la Capitaine was awarded the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse over three consecutive years for the best organic wine in Switzerland.
Final Verdict: We tasted the Pinot Gris late harvest wine. This wine has a sweet palate as expected with late harvest wines, with a good balance of acidity and rich complex fruity notes. Paired perfectly with blue cheese and foie gras.
Website and References: http://lacapitaine.ch