Definition of Chasselas in English:



mass noun
  • 1A variety of white grape, grown mainly in Europe and Chile for eating as a fruit or for making wine.

    • ‘Chasselas grapes are suffering from a poor, old-fashioned image in Switzerland.’
    • ‘Anyway, Chasselas grapes have not been grown here for a long time and have been replaced by Chardonnay.’
    • ‘Well-born and bred Chasselas is highly sensitive to the diversity found in the soils, exposure and altitude.’
    • ‘This is the reason why wines made from Chasselas vines take on the taste of the local soil and do not display a same dominating flavour.’
    • ‘Chasselas is not widely planted in New World vineyards, which incessantly seek to copy the world's greatest.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Chasselas yields are more than double… no wonder its wine is less intense.’
    • ‘Around Neuchâtel and Biel / Bienne, there are dozens of local wine producers, and each estate brings forth something different from the Chasselas grapes that still dominate.’
    • ‘Varieties such as Chardonnay and Riesling are more winter hardy than Pinot Noir, Chasselas, and Cabernet Sauvignon.’
    1. 1.1 A wine made from the Chasselas grape.
      • ‘Chasselas also has quite the home in France where it is the common component of many a white table wine.’
      • ‘In Germany it is known as Weiiser Gutedel, and in France is often known as Chasselas de Moissac.’
      • ‘Crisp dry fruity whites such as Chasselas from Switzerland or Chignin from Savoie are the best pairings.’


Named after a village near Mâcon, France.