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Dézaley

Famous location in the Lavaux area on the north-eastern shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the Swiss canton of Vaud. It is classified as a Grand Cru here, next to Calamin, and incidentally is shown on the back of the 200 franc note. 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 steep terraces, some of which are only 1.5 metres wide and up to 20 storeys high, are supported by walls. In 1799 Napoleon (1769-1821) visited the area of Dézaley, after him the "Napoleon's stone" is named

The area, which is entirely within the municipality of Puidoux, comprises 54 hectares of vineyards on very clayey and calcareous soil. Sub-areas are Clos des Abbayes, Clos des Moines and Marsens. The subsoil is made up of hard clumps of gravel and stone (Nagelfluh). The Chasselas dominate with a 90% share, with excellent conditions like nowhere else. It is used to make the white wine Dorin. About 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 by precise rules concerning 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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