From deep soils, the 2016 Auvernier Pinot Noir displays a deep, very fine, pure and spicy bouquet of perfectly ripe dark fruits, crunchy cherry skins, cassis and even red berries with a kiss of mint and ivy notes. Silky, lush and elegant on the palate, with very fine tannins and delicate acidity, this is a full-bodied, intense and generous Pinot with firm tannins and concentrated dark fruit on the finish. This is still young and a bit austere, but the Auvernier most probably has greater aging potential and certainly more generosity than the Hauterive. It is a deep, dense and powerful Pinot without any hints of sweetness, charm or nougat. It’s simply Pinot Noir at its best, and it’s damned tight and salty as well as concentrated on the finish. A great Swiss Pinot indeed, though I will probably always prefer the mineral grip and tension of the Hauterive to the generosity of the Auvernier, which is the more famous wine of the two. Tasted in February 2019.