This grape variety was the pride of the tables of the Ottoman sultans.
At the court of French King Francis the First, bunches of its grapes
decorated sumptuous feasts. Chasselas has long nourished stories
and legends, but here, scientists, historians and wine producers lift
the veil covering the origins of this grape, so emblematic of French-
From Constantinople to the King’s Climbing
Vine in Fontainebleau, along the banks of the Loire River, exploring
Burgundy and the vineyards of French-speaking Switzerland, the
mysteries of Chasselas are revealed, keeping step with each period
in time. A camera has never looked so closely at a grape, geneticists
have never listened so closely to the heartbeat of a grape variety.
From seed to Grand Cru, from the infinitely small to geography
worldwide, this is the history of Chasselas as you’ve never seen it.
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