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Brendan Stater-West Saumur Rouge Les Ripaille Loire Valley France, 2018, 750

Brendan Stater-West Saumur Rouge Les Ripaille Loire Valley France, 2018, 750

$ 57.00

Brendan Stater-West Saumur Rouge Les Ripaille Loire Valley France, 2018, 750

  • Size: 1.10 ha (2.72 ac)
  • Variety: Cabernet Franc
  • Vine Age: Planted in the 1960s
  • Terroir: La Ripaille is a single west-facing parcel in the commune of Brézé. The topsoil (about 1.5 meters deep) is sandy loam, above Turonian limestone.
  • Viticulture: Organic methods (not certified)
  • Vinification: Sorted directly in the vineyard (with sorting table). 100% de-stemmed, alcoholic fermentation in concrete tanks at around 24°C, infusion-style maceration, with no pump-overs or punch-downs, lasts 9 days. Aged on fine lees for 12 months in barrel (50% 225L barrels of 2-3 wines, 50% 225L barrels of 4-5 wines) and a further 6 months in stainless steel. SO2: varies from 15 to 25 mg/l free, and 25 to 60 mg/l total. Very low doses are added as the grapes go into tank (2g/hl), after malolactic fermentation (1 g/hl), with a final adjustment at bottling. Unfined, light filtration.

2018 is the first release of this wine. Yields were only about 25 hl/ha. Plantation density is about 6,000 vines/ha.


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