D. Muses Humagne Blanche 2014

Domaine des Muses, Humagne Blanche, Tradition, AOC du Valais, Switzerland, 2013

On humagne blanche
A white variety indigenous to the Valais, where the majority, amounting to tens of hectares, is planted. It is thought to have been introduced from southern France in ancient times [1], and is unrelated to humagne rouge aka cornalin. Produces wines with a full-body, high acidity – which lends to ageing, of 3-5 years, an oily richness, and chardonnay-like neutrality, so suiting exposure to oak. The sensory profile, from a survey of tasting notes and other sources, includes beeswax, dessert apple, lightly floral – lime tree blossom and iris, fennel, grass, hay, heather, herbs, honey, menthol, nuttiness, resin [2, and others].

This wine: lot No. none visible, varietal humagne blanche, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £30.55 (10/18)

Consumer tasting note: a rare Swiss variety, rare worldwide for that matter, with a profile of citrus, orchard and stone fruit, with frills of fennel, honey and cracked nut shells; full-bodied and velvety, with a palate of rich citrus, lightly baked apple, hazelnut, and hints at a warmer tropicality. Finishes long. Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for 30 minutes plus.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.

Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of warm lemon flesh tinged with lemon zest, a spicy edge, shades of green apple, cold stewed apple, hints of richer white stone fruit, green herbs, hint of fennel, beeswax, hint of thin honey, a hint of cracked nut shells [on day 2 apricot and yellow peach tend to dominate].

Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety almost oily texture, with the very lightest of grips, with flavours of warm lemon flesh, stewed and lightly baked apple, white stone fruit, hint of hazelnut, with a suggestion of a richer tropical dimension, hint of yellow peach. A long length with a clean, apple-white stone fruit finish, with the lightest of grips, and a touch of tinned yellow peach on the end.

Quality: very good, with moderate, but fresher seeming balancing acidity with alcohol and body, perfectly harmonious; full body, quite strong intensity throughout with a similar concentration, showing an interesting better than moderate complexity, with evidence of time in bottle (unoaked) with notes of beeswax, honey and nuts; finishes long.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-3 years – a sound structure, with a long length and developing complexity, encompassing an emerging tertiary dimension, which should develop more coherency.


  1. Robinson, J., Harding, J., Vouillamoz, J. Wine Grapes (2012). Allen Lane.
  2. Swiss Wine Valais – Humagne blanche [online] accessed 24/10/18.

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