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Pierre-Luc Leyvraz
St Saphorin 'Les Blassinges' 2012

Grape: Chasselas
In stock
Case of 6
(£23.19 per bottle)

Situated in the neighbouring village of Chexbres, Pierre-Luc Leyvraz works a mere 3.5 ha of vines, situated on the steep slopes of Saint-Saphorin, comprising 2.8 ha of Chasselas. Fortunately, I do not suffer from vertigo but I did find myself tightening my grip on the security rail as we climbed the steps leading up onto the various terraces, whilst Pierre-Luc explained the challenges of caring for the vines here. This is a real labour of love!

Looking at the steepness, not only of the hill itself, but of the narrow vineyards on the individual terraces, it is astonishing that the vines are pruned, treated and harvested without incident. These are tasks that Pierre-Luc performs with a dedicated passion. He is happy to work within the restraints of the vineyards and the limited yields that the old vines achieve, in order to produce wines of the highest quality possible from these historic soils. His work does not end in the vineyards however. Pierre-Luc is just as meticulous when it comes to the blending of his vats in order to produce the individual blends with the perfect balance between the expression of the Chasselas and the subtly different, mineral nuances that individual plots impart. This bottling of the 2012 Saint Saphorin provides much more open and exuberant fruit balanced by the same distinctive minerality of the Lavaux.

As I mentioned above, these fabulous wines are finally receiving the global recognition they deserve and David Schildknecht of the Wine Advocate included the wines of both growers amongst his personal Best of 2012!



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