Vignobles Eric Duffau Château Belle Garde Bordeaux Rouge 2007
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At 30 Km from Bordeaux, at 8 Km from Libourne, the vineyards are situated en the "Entre deux Mers" area, but very close to the vineyards of Libourne (Pomerol, Saint Emilion, Fronsac).
46 hectares in total among which :
- 43 hectares Red
- 3 hectares White
Grape varieties :
Red : Merlot 80 %, Cabernet Franc 10 %, Cabernet sauvignon 10 %
White : Sauvignon 70 %, Sémillon 30 %
Density : From 4000 to 5000 vine-plants/hectare.
Following the year-long cycle of work in the vineyards, special care is given to this last stage of the birth of a vintage.
Red wine :
The grapes are mechanically cropped, taken in small trucks that set them down in a machine that stalk the grapes, then crush the berries before sending them into a tank.
When the tank is full, with pulps and skins, a cold maceration (from5 to 6°) is made during 48 hours.
This maceration allows to extract the colour.
Then, temperature is brought back to about 20°.
Temperatures never rise over 32°, because beyond this would stop fermentations. At the end of fermentations, we leave the wine on contact with the marc during about two weeks, keeping temperatures at about 25°.
Then comes time for pressing and running.
The malolactic fermentations are made in tanks, keeping temperature at 25°
Then a part of the harvest is barrelled from 15th November.
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Serve this wine between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.