The wine regions: Neuchâtel

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Only 600 ha/1,480 acres of the ancient calcareous soils, on the well-situated south-facing slopes above Lake Neuchâtel, grow vines, but with characterful results. Pinot Noir and Chasselas as usual. The pale pink Pinot Œil de Perdrix is a Neuchâtel invention, as is the Chasselas non filtré (unfiltered) released on the third Wednesday in January following the harvest. This was the first canton to restrict yields.