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Himbertscha - St Laurent

Himbertscha - St Laurent

The Himbertscha is a very rare variety. The name has nothing to do with raspberries (Himbeeren), but rather it comes from "im Bercla" meaning "in the vine" ("Bercla" is a Germanization of the Italian "pergola"). Indeed, this is the preferred method of training this variety.

In the 1970s, the Himbertscha was saved in extremis from certain disappearance by Josef-Marie Chanton, Visp producer, who had spotted some vines in the old vineyards of Visperterminen. He now has less than a quarter of a hectare planted.

Himbertscha is most commonly found in blends with Chasselas, the dominant variety of Switzerland. That said, a handful of producers do make varietal Himbertscha wines although Chanton’s are the only commercially available. These are typically straw coloured, and present aromas of spring herbs, wild garlic, dandelion, hazlenuts and lemons. On the palate, the flavours are quite similar to moss, lemon and Brazil nuts.

Himbertscha is the child of Humagne and the half sibling of Lafnetscha.

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  • St. Laurent Classic Weingut Christian Fischer

    Our reference for St Laurent
  • St. Laurent Reserve Stift Klosterneuberg

    Rich and smooth St Laurent

    Out of stock

  • Grosse Reserve Rot Spaetrshuberot-Gebeshuber

  • Himbertscha Chanton Wein

    Rescued in 1984 this is a dry Alpine white
  • Point Cuvée Weingut Nigl

  • Perle, Rosé Sekt Franz / Christine Netzl

    A mighty sparkling rosé made from St. Laurent.
  • Patronis Stift Klosterneuberg

    Created for the 900th anniversary of the Klosterneuburg Monastery Winery.

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  • St Laurent Trift Weingut Kiss

    The more animal side of St Laurent

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With its somewhat low yield, the variety is considered difficult in the vineyard and was not always appreciated. It needs good sites with deep soils. It is sensitive during the flowering period and sensitive to late frost. It brings inconsistent yields.

Like many other grape varieties, the facts behind its origins are not easily confirmed. One theory suggests that cuttings were offered by a grape collector called Saint-Laurent du Var while another that it comes from Alsace, where it was known as Schwarzer. Although it shares its name with a number of French villages, there is nothing to suggest that they had anything to do with the naming of this grape. Most likely is the idea mentioned above that it was named after the patron saint of chefs, whose patronal festival coincides with the traditional day on which the berries change colour. It is one of the first grapes planted at the monastery of Klosterneuburg in their experimental vineyard in 1863.

If you are a fan of Zweigelt, remember that in 1922 Fritz Zweigelt combined the Sankt Laurent grape with Blaüfrankisch to create Zweigelt. It is a very good parent indeed.

It is not however closely related to Pinot. Sankt Laurent is not the same as Pinot Saint-Laurent. Although Sankt Laurent is not Pinot Noir, any more than Carménère is Merlot, there are some similarities to be found. If you like a meatier, gamier Pinot Noir, try this – you will not be disappointed!

ophisticated wine with a lingering finish that continues to delight for ages. It pairs well with most food, especially meats and as many commentators advise, those foods which you shouldn’t really eat like barbeques, cheese and anything fatty.

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