Château de Malessert
Château de Malessert

Château de Malessert

Founded in 996, Château de Malessert is among La Côte’s oldest estates. Working only with white grapes and primarily with Chasselas, Château de Malessert’s 15 hectares of vines have Féchy AOC designation.

Château de Malessert

Premier Grand Cru

Château de Malessert

Féchy - La Côte AOC - Chasselas - 2020

The Premier Grand Cru de Malessert 2020 is characterized by the year’s sunny weather. The terroir is ground moraine, which gives the wine its complexity. It has an aromatic nose of fresh tree fruits, is full-bodied, and smooth, finishing with an acidity that gives freshness and balance.

Our terroir

Malessert soils feature loose rock, principally glacial deposits, formed during and after the last glacial period.

Chateau - a history

Chateau - a history

996

From Clos de Bougel via the Order of Cluny

Clos de Bougel, which would become Malessert, was given by the priest Marin to the Order of Cluny in 996. The Order was at that time led by the abbot Odilon, who was posthumously canonized, and represented within the region by the Romainmôtier Abbey. This gift was given “to salve the soul of his lord Almaric count of Nyon” and to placate King Rudolph III..

1700-1800

From Château to bourgeois residence

The wholesale transformation of the property can be attributed to Jean-David de Watteville de Malessert (1740-1804), who lived in the property throughout the year and tended the vines himself, converting the old fortified house with its central turret and defensive walls into the aristocratic home it is today. Under his guidance, the gardens were designed in the French style, with charming symmetrical pathways...

1807

The fiefdom of Malessert

Malessert was a seigneurie, a fiefdom dispensing justice. This prestigious status, however, did not protect against all threats. In 1807, the descendants of Jean-David de Watteville were required for financial reasons to pay 87 000 francs to Paul de Coulon-Nicola, of Neuchâtel. In turn, the Coulon family sold Malessert in 1872 to Edouard Frossard de Saugy.

2011

A gem at the heart of Féchy

A historic jewel of Swiss cultural heritage, Château de Malessert offers some of Switzerland’s best wines. It is even one of the rare Féchy Premier Grand Cru, registered since 2011. What are the conditions for the award of this prestigious designation? History, reputation, the distinctive nature of the terroir (the sunniest of all La Côte vineyards), harvesting by hand...

2020

6 owners, 1000 years of history

In June 2020, the heirs of the Saugy family sold the estate to the Sothers. In keeping with their Alsatian and epicurean background, the Sother family intends to revitalize the cultural and wine-producing heritage of the estate. Our estate A 15-hectare vineyard on the slopes bordering Lake Geneva. Elevations ranging from 410 to 490 meters.

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