Chasselas is the most important and widely planted white wine grape variety in Switzerland. It is particularly common in the Vaud region.
On the vine, Chasselas tends to ripen early, making it a good match for Switzerland’s cool alpine slopes. It can be a very vigorous and over productive vine if not properly controlled, which has perhaps contributed to its poor reputation outside Switzerland. and many Chasselas-based wines can seem quite neutral.
However, the best examples can be complex and rich, showing a range of fruity, floral and mineral flavors, with good acidity and the ability to age well in the cellar. Older wines show more honeyed and nutty flavors, taking on a deep golden color. The variety matches well with traditional local Swiss cuisine like fondue.