Chateau Gruaud Larose St. Julien, 2006
$783.16 / case(12)
Vineyard management integrated pest control (mechanical work organic fertilisation) weather station (phytosanitary protection) prophylaxis (thinning out the leaves removal of excess buds and shoots green harvest). Heightening of the trellis. Manual harvesting selection on a belt in the vineyard and double sorting at the harvest reception. Soil garonne gravel from the first quaternary settled more than 600 000 years ago average density 10 000 to 8 500 vinestocks/ha climate 2006 a cool start to the year resulted in a late budburst. Dry spring and flowering in good conditions. July was very hot leading to a stop in the vegetative growth before a precocious beginning of veraison. A cool and cloudy august provoked a veraison spread over quite some time. A favorable climate at the end of maturation during the first and last decades of september. Vinification 2006 harvest reception weighing of the crop. Plot selection in the tank (grape variety terroir age …) alcoholic fermentation yeast addition fermentation temperatures: 31°-33°c daily tasting of each tank pumping-over 2 volumes a day during fermentation according to tasting maceration 21-35 days at adapted temperatures and according to the tasting running off separation of the free-run-wine according to variety and tasting pressing pneumatic presses immediate transfer of the press wine into barrels tasting and selection of four press wines among the barrels malolactic fermentation 50% in barrels in a thermostatically controlled cellar the rest in wooden tanks ageing 16-18 months in french fine grain oak barrels renewed by 30% every year to enhance the fruit medium toast tasting clear intense. Dark ruby-red colour. Powerful nose overtones of fresh fruit strawberry hints of scrub toast and musk. Frank powerful attack very structured offering a fine balance at the finish – powerful yet elegant. Long finish marked by tannins that are still young. To be laid down. (2011). – chateau gruaud larose
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