At the Badouxthèque, you will sample typical Chasselas wines, as well as Murailles accompanied by a platter of local produce.
One hot morning in August, we visited Badoux Vins in Aigle.
Daniel Dufaux, the director of Badoux Vins, was our host, along with Sandrine, who was in charge of the Badouxthèque that day. They welcomed us with platters of local fare and Vaud wines, so needless to say, our mouths were soon watering.
The Badoux estate was built in 1908. It has always stood in Aigle, the birthplace of Chasselas. Seventy per cent of the wines produced by Badoux are made from this well-known local grape variety.
In the Badoux cellars, the wine develops in its own time, slowly, gradually. Maturation takes place in a fully equipped cellar with optimum conditions, and with the least possible human intervention.
Murailles, Badoux’s flagship Chasselas
Red and sparkling are made in addition to this white, which sells a million bottles every year.
Daniel Dufaux started working at Badoux Vins in 2009 as an oenologist. He believes that year was “a good vintage, so it was easy to get started in those conditions”. Now director, he revealed to us the name of his favourite wine :
“Petit Vignoble: a unique wine which comes from the best land in Yvorne. The vine stock is no longer replanted, and the idea is to harvest the grapes from old vines only.”
What to see in the birthplace of Chasselas
Chablais has something for everyone. Mountain enthusiasts can head for Berneuse with its renewable energy trail, or head to Leysin or even Les Mosses and Les Diablerets. Families can visit the Salt Mines and the Salt Road at Bex, which is 10 minutes from the Badouxthèque.
If you are with friends, why not meet at the Pont de Nant for a walk? For tours and trips, extend your journey around the Riviera to the foot of the Aigle castle and visit the vineyards of Chablais. Then pay a visit to the castle and its wine labels museum.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you stop off at the Badouxthèque to try some Chasselas and taste a platter of local food.
For Chasselas lovers, why not visit the International Chasselas festival that takes place in June each year, and celebrate this grape variety in style?
The Badouxthèque: an exhibition space for Badoux Vins
The Badouxthèque is above all a space for sales, exhibitions and a wine bar. It is open to visitors and groups from Monday to Saturday, 10am – 8pm for pre-dinner drinks and local produce.
Get off the motorway and enjoy a delicious detour !