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Dézaley

Famous location in the Lavaux area on the northeastern shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the Swiss canton Vaud (French Vaud). She is next to here calamine as Grand Cru classified and, incidentally, shown on the back of the 200 franc note. In 1141, the Bishop of Lausanne, Guy de Malagny, gave it to Cistercian monks the Hautcrèt Palézieux abbey lands near Dézaley, Epesses, Marsens and Montheron. The monks were commissioned to clear the wide, wild areas and to plant vines. Some of the vineyards had to be hewn out of the rock. After 20 years of arduous work, this was accomplished. The steep and sometimes only 1.5 meter wide terraces with up to 20 floors are supported by walls. Visited in 1799 Napoleon (1769-1821) the area of Dézaley, after which the "Napoleon stone" is named.

The area entirely in the municipality of Puidoux covers 54 hectares of vineyards on very clayey and calcareous soil. Sub-areas are Clos des Abbayes, Clos des Moines and Marsens. The base is made up of hard aggregates of gravel and stone (Nagelfluh). It dominates with a 90% share Chasselas, with excellent conditions like nowhere else. It becomes white wine Dorin vinified. Around 150 owners share the area. The association “La Baronnie du Dézaley” was founded by winegrowers in 1994. The members are bound by a quality charter, which obliges them with precise rules regarding cultivation and vinification. Well-known producers are Bovard Chaudet Dubois Fils. Les Frères Dubois, Duboux, Barbara Fonjallaz, Etienne & Louis Fonjallaz, Pierre Fonjallaz, Lambelet & Fils, Massy, Paley & Fils and testuz,

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