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Calamine

Famous location in the Lavaux area between Montreux and Lausanne on the north-eastern shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the Swiss canton of Vaud. Here it is classified as a Grand Cru alongside Dézaley. In 1141, the Bishop of Lausanne, Guy de Malagny, donated lands near Dézaley, Epesses, Marsens and Montheron to the Cistercian monks of Hautcrèt Palézieux Abbey. The monks were charged with clearing the vast, wild areas and planting vines. Some of the vineyards had to be hewn out of the rock. After 20 years of arduous work, this was completed. The area, which is entirely within the municipality of Epesses, comprises 15 hectares of vineyards. The steep, terraced vineyards face south and are situated at an altitude of 400 to 460 metres above sea level, starting some 40 to 50 metres above the lake shore. Mostly the white wine variety Chasselas is cultivated here, as well as the varieties Pinot Noir, Gamay and Merlot. Well-known producers are Bovard, Les Frères Dubois, B. Fonjallaz and E. & L. Fonjallaz.

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