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Saint-Saphorin Salix

Louis Bovard

Saint-Saphorin Salix Bottle
Appellation
Vaud
Variety
Chenin Blanc
Age of Vines
25-30
Farming
Sustainable with biodynamic practices
Soil
Clay limestone
Altitude
500 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested in successive passes, crushed, short maceration on the skins, fermented in new but un-toasted French oak barrels
Aging
8 months on the lees in new French oak barrels (un-toasted)

Overview

When Louis Bovard took over his family’s estate well over 30 years ago he set about replanting and expanding his family’s vineyards. His innovative efforts have centered largely around the study and promotion of the indigenous Chasselas but he also recognized that the terroirs of the Vaud were equally suited white varieties that thrive on limestone soils. Inspired by the great wines of the Loire valley, Louis planted Sauvignon Blanc in Epesses and Chenin Blanc in Saint-Saphorin. His tiny, 0.5 hectare parcel of Chenin in Saint-Saphorin is now between 25 and 30 years old and rooted in limestone clay soils. Louis harvests his Chenin when the clusters are fully golden in color in successive passes. Fermented and aged in new, but un-toasted, French oak barrels, he keeps the wine on its lees until mid-summer before bottling it.

Ratings & Reviews

91+

2016 Saint-Saphorin Salix

Source: WA

Vaud, Switzerland
  • Location
    Vaud, Switzerland
  • Appellation
    Vaud
  • Proprietor
    Louis-Philippe Bovard
  • Winemaker
    Caspar Eugster
  • Size / Elevation
    17 hectares / 400-800 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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