But the truth is her real life is pretty full, she makes wine, she makes wine really well and she’s in love with the red Humagne even if normally, she answers Pinot Noir when asked about her favorite variety, not for now, for now Humagne is her thing, she likes its slightly animal side, the fact that it can’t be tamed all that easily. In fact she’s rather like that herself, but once you’ve broken the ice you can’t help but like it—Humagne, that is, but Delphine as well.
If it were possible, she would like to have dinner with herself and maybe talk over her asocial streak that she’d like to get under control, but after all not really and if there were a way she would want to meet Edith Piaf, such an inspiration and yet not really such a rosy life after all.
Delphine loves Zurich, its HER city, it’s also the place she would go if suddenly someone gave her a free day, to go to the Zoo or rather to see it again and to have a drink at her favourite bar, El Grande, while watching the Limmat.
And where does wine fit in? Wine is the marc still warm from the pressing, it’s the lees at the bottom of a vat, smells that call you to exotic places and raise memories of an open-air market. Its an inspiration, the joy of watching the grapes come in, of tasting them and imagining what sort of wine they’ll become, seeing its path take shape through your intuition.
Now and then she allows herself a break with a cigar, a glass of red wine or a shot of gin. If you ask her where she would most like to be in the wink of eye she’ll show you a delightful spot near her house with a magnificent stand of larches and a rolling meadow with wonderful memories, a sweetness in the atmosphere, tranquillity and a full dose of nature.
Raphael is particularly fond of the very dry Petite Arvine, the Cornalin which combines fruitiness and structure, authentic local products, new discoveries but also the colour blue and aperitifs with friends. He appreciates Bordeaux for their rich, full-bodied flavour and also admits a soft spot for Italy, Tuscan wines, and all the pleasures of life in general.
Yes, he also knows vineyards well, he frequented them every year as a child. Grape harvesting fine, as a family it was a nice experience, but on the other hand he remembers with less than moderate enthusiasm the tediousness of weeding!
Father of two daughters, he intends to pass on to them the joys of sharing, his affection for both tasty, quality products and the beauty of good wines. The passion for a job well done.
In addition we tend a number of choice parcels with excellent exposure at Saint Léonard, Savièse and Vétroz.
Historically, the majority of the vineyards were planted with Pinot and this remains our trademark wine. More recently, Humange Rouge, Fendant, Heida, Syrah and Cornalin have established themselves in the climatic conditions and the soils that suit them best.
Our vineyards have been classified as Organic since 2016 and are regularly renewed. The vines have an average age of twenty-one years and are lovingly cared for by Béatrice Dupuis.