Pierre-Luc Leyvraz is often called the "King of Chasselas". That this definition is anything but exaggerated strikes you at the latest once you have tasted his Saint-Saphorin "Les Blassinges", marked by the terroir and very typical
The vineyard is cultivated according to the principles of integrated production (IP). The estate covers a total of 3.3 hectares divided into ten plots, each just a few hundred metres apart. They all belong to the area classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
White wines from Pierre-Luc Leyvraz
from Pierre-Luc Leyvraz
The soils of the Lavaux area were formed about 25 million years ago. The thrust which, at the time, would definitively define the course of the Rhône and the location of Lake Geneva was formed through the Alpine folds. During the various successive glacial cycles, the glacier "planed" the slope and thus "corrected" its shape, while at the same time dragging away Alpine sediments deposited in the form of moraines. The material that makes up this soil has been lying here since the retreat of the last Rhone glacier, about 15,000 years ago. As early as the 10th century AD, Cistercian monks cleared the thickets on the steep slopes to plant the first vines. The rocks and stones left behind by the glacier were used to build the spectacular walls that still support the terraced vineyards of this estate today.
The soil composition varies slightly, but its high limestone content has always remained the same. It was during the 1950s that the first vines gave the name "Les Blassinges" to the estate. Today, the famous St-Saphorin "Les Blassinges" is composed of a subtle blend of Chasselas from different plots, but all grown in the heart of this appellation. In other words, a true "Grand Cru".
Dominio de Pingus
The first Pingus was bottled in 1995. This limited production wine from Ribera del Duero made history with a legendary rating from Robert Parker Junior (1998): "One of the greatest young red wines I have ever tasted." The vintage is also at the centre of a somewhat mythical-sounding story – the freighter carrying a quarter of the limited production sank off the Azores, with the wine ending up in Davy Jones's locker at the bottom of the sea.