Get some top-notch wine tourism advice from Laurent Baechtold from Château de Luins, about the region of Luins in the Vaud vineyards.
One glorious July morning we went to meet Laurent Baechtold, winemaker and cellar master at Château de Luins.
In its ideal position mid-way between Lausanne and Geneva, the estate can easily be reached by car or public transport. We come across a magnificent chestnut tree as we arrive in the Château’s inner courtyard. It transports us instantly into another era: at the resident lord’s table enjoying a simple meal, washed down with plenty of wine, in the company of great friends, right through to the early hours. Summer days now bring weddings, concerts and other events, rather than the gargantuan banquets of yesteryear.
Walks, barbecues, Malakoff, and bread from the castle before or after your tasting at Château de Luins
Laurent Baechtold shares some of his secrets and anecdotes with us about his wines and his local area, to give you more details about wine tourism around Luins, in Vaud.
- Take a walk along the Chestnut footpath to Bursins or Gilly. Recharge your batteries by taking a leisurely stroll through the forest, which offers some breath-taking lookout points.
- Barbecue at the Devens refuge. There is everything you need to organise a family cookout before or after your visit to the cellar, or on your way back from the Chestnut footpath.
- Malakoffs: no need to wait until the Paléo festival to get your dose of Malakoffs! The Auberge de Luins makes the best ones in the region.
- Bread at the castle: every Tuesday, the baker Jean-Paul Badel comes to make his loaves in the wood-burning oven, with flour from the local area.
Just a few steps from the Château stands the magnificent church of St-Pierre, where many weddings are held. Discover a 180-degree view, taking in Mont Blanc, the French and Valais Alps, as well as the Jura, which is not far away.
Château de Luins, a monument in its own right
Dating back to the 15th century, this castle has passed through the hands of the Wattwil family. Laurent Baechtold’s great-grandfather acquired it at the beginning of the 20th century. Ah, if only walls could talk, as well as having ears, they must have hundreds of secrets to tell.
Carnotzet for tastings and the pressing room
The carnotzet was set up in a former eau-de-vie cellar. Chasselas, Chardonnay and Pinot are sure to delight both you and your friends. You’ll enjoy a wonderfully open and friendly experience with 25 other guests. For larger events, the pressing room can be transformed into an atypical venue, packed with style, that can accommodate up to 150 people. It is here where Mr Baechtold organises events that are open to the public, such as the famous concerts.
Discover Chasselas 2010, top pick from Laurent Baechtold
The 2010 is extraordinary; the weather conditions were ideal. What made the vintage so perfect was the hydric balance. As well as the 2010, you can taste at least five Chasselas vintages that have been matured in wooden vases.
You already know that Chasselas can be drunk young, but did you know that if you leave it to age for five to six years, it will make a marvelous pairing for fish, white meat and even mature cheeses? I bet your mouth is watering already!
Don’t delay, contact Laurent Baechtold and make the most of his cellar!