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Blue chip from the second row

St. Laurent

The St. Laurent sprints through the vegetation: he drives out early and is also mature early. He loves deep soils and, like all members of the Pinot family, he enjoys his work on calcareous sites.

Burgundy friends have a lot to offer Rheinhessen winemakers. While Spätburgunder, Grauburg and Weißburgunder bask in the splendor of the big stage, there are also some Burgundy blue chips in the second row that deserve special attention.
These include the St. Laurent, which has established itself as an independent red wine of the Pinot family in the vineyards of Rheinhessen with a vineyard of 270 hectares (1% of the vineyard).
The naming of St. Laurent goes back to St. Lawrence. Incidentally, he is also considered the patron saint of cooks. His memorial day (10th of August) coincides with the beginning of St. Laurent's ripening. In this time window, the first red colorations on the St. Laurent berries can be observed.
A high natural ripeness of the berries in combination with good extract and acidity usually results in particularly aromatic, strong and at the same time fresh red wines. The range of flavors is wide-ranging: blackcurrants, wild cherries, elderberries or dark chocolate are the defining components - for longer-aged wines, the relationship to Pinot Noir is tastable. The acid is clearly emphasized in the St. Laurent, the tannins are considered to be thoroughly pleasant. The expansion in small wooden barrels sets in many cases the icing on the cake i this sophisticated grape variety.
The St. Laurent is in many assortments specialty and rarity at the same time and therefore often to find in excellent qualities. Depending on the fruitiness and density of these interesting red wines fit lighter or stronger dishes to game and mature cheeses.

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