Pierre-Luc Leyvraz

It nearly ends right here. So enthralled am I with the magnificent view of the appellation - the impossible angle of which allows a much wider field of view than that - and of course Lake Geneva in all its glory as the sun breaks through for a brief moment, that I fail to realise that there is a piece of piping missing on a somewhat essential hand rail.

I claw briefly at the thin air where once a hand rail stood. As I wobble over the 30 feet drop, instead of life flashing before me, my thoughts turn to what the rather serious Pierre-Luc Leyvraz might think as he watches my fall and the ensuing cartoon-like terminal velocity forward roll very likely to significantly reduce the number of his prized old vines as I cascade over the numerous terraced vineyards - certainly not what the monks had in mind at any point during the 400 years it took them to build.

I steady myself. Pierre-Luc stares at me. I am glad I am not a mind reader!

Pierre-Luc Leyvraz

Back to reality.. Just up the road from my first visit with Blaise Duboux is the impossibly angled (did I mention that), three-hectare domaine of Pierre-Luc Leyvray. This is the hamlet of Chexbres, in the micro-appellation of Saint Saphorin.
The domaine is planted almost entirely with old vine Chasselas that, of course, Pierre-Luc harvests by hand. Yields are predictably low, the quality predictably high. Softer on entry, and more volumous in style than Blais Duboux's wines although they share the sticking minerality of Lavaux that the Chasselas grape is more than happy to transmit with such clarity and precision.

When David Schildknecht, then of the Wine Advocate wrote up his personal best wines of 2012, the list included Pierre-Luc's 2012 St Saphorin and is most likely a better indicator of his wines than me writing about hypothetical falls down mountains.

2012 Saint Saphorin Chasselas. Pierre-Luc Leyvraz.
From 25+ year old vines. Terroir is made up of iron-rich red soil with fine gravel. South-facing steep terraced vineyards at 650-700 meters altitude. Wet stone, clean earth, gentle citric & chamomile notes. Medium-bodied with an opulent, textured palate. Liquid mineral-like, saline, stoney, bolt fresh. Floral & citrus play 2nd & 3rd fiddle. Balanced, long, harmonious finishing with lingering mineralilty.

Pierre Luv Leyvraz

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