Is it possible to produce and not produce Fendant at the same time? Cave Defayes & Crettenand has successfully squared this circle.
The Cave Defayes & Crettenand has a particularity of its own. Indeed, it was one of the only cellars in the Valais that had never produced Gamay and Fendant.
A fifty year old Fendant vineyard belonging to their great-grandmother still existed, but was reserved for a small production for family consumption.
As customers came and went and were sometimes dismayed at not being able to find Fendant in the Valais, the Defayes family realised that it was time to get involved! That's how they converted this plot into high quality Chasselas four years ago.
Look closely at the bottle, you will not see any mention of Fendant on it but simply the name of the commune and the number of the plot because we didn´t want to lose our tradition of not having Fendant. This makes it the equivalent of a Grand Cru because of its small production and its quality.