A very odd contraption for red wine fermentation

>> Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Fermentation in barrel. Specially designed equipment to put grapes in the barrel. Oak barrel aging and fermentation cellar. Girolate winery. Despagne Vineyards and Chateaux, Bordeaux, France


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The Despagne winemaking family is established in the Bordeaux area since over two centuries. Their base is the Chateau Tour de Mirambeau. They own five different properties and make over 1.5 million bottles of wine each year. The company is today run by the three children of Jean-Louis: Thibault, Gabriel and Basaline.

The domains / wineries where they make wine are: Chateau Mont Perat, Chateau Tour de Mirambeau, Chateau Rauzan Despagne and Chateau Bel Air Perponcher. They have a fifth wine label called Girolate which is a project to make an exclusive top-of-the-range wine. Girolate is a 10 ha vineyard planted with merlot on a soil similar to the one found in Saint Emilion. For this wine they spare no effort, e.g. fermenting the wine in oak barrels (which is not easy for a red wine). Their ffull range includes red, white as well as sweet white wines. Their vineyards are planted with the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon and franc, merlot for the red wines, and sauvignon blanc, sémillon and muscadelle for the white wines. In the vineyards they use both mechanical (machine) harvest and manual harvest. For the vinification in the wineries they use both stainless steel tanks, other types of fermenting vats and oak barrels.

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