Christmas treats

Late White x2 Christmas Beth Druce 2015

hello late white 2012

Since we introduced our late, hand harvested Semillon last year we have regularly been asked when the latest vintage will be available. Well I’m pleased to let you know that its now available

I’ve always wanted to make a sticky but the Cotes de Bourg is not a suitable place to make it because of the limestone soil. Semillon need good clay soil to flourish and the area east of Bordeaux is traditionally the best for this. With the aid of Ludwig my consultant we have therefore chosen to buy our grapes and make our sticky in the Appelation of Saussignac. This AOC is next to Montbazillac which is better known but in comparison to the wines of Montabzillac, Saussignac is less sweet and more savory. I think a better balance.
“A half bottle is never enough and a full bottle is too much”: Often said, so we decided to bottle it in 50cl bottles. Its 100% Semillion. The grapes are left on the vine until botrytised and then hand harvested, fermented in Barrel and then conditioned in oak for 18 months. This is a very limited production as only 300 bottles (or one barrel) were produced
Tasting Notes: With aromas of honey and dried apricots and a hint of orange zest, at 12%. £12 per bottle, click here to buy.

christmas tastings

Tastings this year have been fun.

IMG_1516Ive met lots of new people and its great to see the interest growing in artisan wines. There are still more tastings to follow this side of christmas so don’t miss out. like our facebook page and also follow wild wine club to get the latest event info in advance. Hope to see you soon.

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christmas treats

Our seasonal Christmas treats case this year contains 6 bottles of festive favourites (2 bottles of Wild White 2014, 2 bottles of Chateau Civrac 2008 and 2 bottles of Late White 2012) priced at £65 this will be a perfect present for a wine loving friend or just a treat for your Christmas table. click here to buy

Christmas Treat Selection 2 Beth Druce 2015

mark: www.chateaucivrac.com

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Harvest report 2015

Ive been making wine in Bordeaux for 10 years this year so I probably should have some sort of celebration. I believe Im the only Cornishman making wine here so this is a a note back home to all the other winemakers and wine enthusiasts who follow me.

Another eventful year of winemaking is drawing to a close and once again we have been challenged and tested by nature and are now starting to analyse the fruits of that labour and the quality of the wine that has been produced.

Overall the wines are very good. Quantities are 15% lower than last year but the quality is better. Merlot presented excellent raspberry aromas after harvest (allways a good sign). Alchohol level of 14% which shows the super maturity of the fruit at harvest time. A feature of the Merlot at Civrac is also the natural smokey note which is becoming part of its individuality. Malbec is showing superb density of colour as expected, a very attractive spicey nose and 13.5% alchohol. Cabernet benefited enormously from the extra warm days of September and early October. Warm dry days and cool evenings allowed the fruit to mature to 12% alchohol and exhibits juicy blackcurrent flavours.

The winemaking is actually my favourite time.  It’s a one person job: Well actually it should be two. You see fermentation creates lots of CO2 and that with having to climb up and down the vats makes the winery quite a dangerous place to be. Actually people die every year due to being overcome by CO2.

the first juice from the Merlot at 14% potential alchohol

Winemaking is part scientific process, part art. The science bit is well documented and provided that you understand the way in which yeast works; feeding on sugars and producing heat and alchohol then it can be controlled. We control this process mainly by controlling temperature and oxygen contact.  its also interesting to experiment with the yeast variant used: we have experimented over the years with various cultured yeast that can enhance certain fruit flavours and minimise harsh tannins.

The art is in guiding the science bit to produce a final wine that is technically balanced ((fruit, acidity, tannin, colour and aroma) and is aesthetically attractive to the final consumer: Thats down the to experience and personal tastes of myself, Sarah and Ludwig. Not always a unanimous decision but thats what makes if fun.

ferment added to the must brings a new wine to life

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All through fermentation we are forming an impression of the vintage; its characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. So much so that when it comes to blending we already have a good idea of what will be the best combination. Ive just finished the final pressing of the red wines (normally about 10 days after alchoholic fermentation has finished). This is a symbolic end to the whole year and certainly a pretty messy affair but after it is finished we know that that particular years harvest is complete. Now comes the long period of maturation and homogonisation that transforms the wine from a group of individual components into a wine with its own personality.

Of course the final product will not be consumed for some years. That makes the tasting of the wine at these very early stages incredibly difficult. You need a special skill and experience to know how a wine tasted now will evolve over a period of 3,5 even 10 years.

Maybe I just need another 50 years of experience.