It is in his cellars that I not only become better acquainted with some of the better known Buendner wines, such as Blauburgunder and RieslingxSylvaner, but where I also get to know one of the regions better kept secrets: Completer.
A Chianti Classico from Antinori costs roughly Sfr18 as compared to, say, Sfr25 for a Buenduer Blauburgunder.
Wines front Flisch: RieslingxSylvaner; from Maienfeld: Pinot blanc; from Jenins: Blanburgunder, Blauburgunder Mariafeld, Pinot gris, Pinot gris Spatlese, Gewurztraminer, Completer, Cabernet Sauvignon; from Chur: Blauburgunder, Sussdruck, Rauschling.
Her two main wine sorts are Blauburgunder and Sauvignon Blanc, but ventures into the domain of Weiss-burgunder (a white Burgundy) and die famed Completer have already been initiated.
Nor do they use any of the increasingly notorious additives or "artificial" colours, such as dried bovine blood, used by some Bordeaux and Burgundy wine growers as von Tscharner, hoisting a glass of his Blauburgunder in the air, decrees, "Look at this colour
Last year's harvest boasted of a RieslingxSylvaner "Ochsle" rating of 82, the Blauburgunder 98 (the highest it's ever been since they began rating the wines more than forty years ago), and the less-known Completer, 102.