Domaine de la Tour
La Tour de Gatigne Merlot 2017Red
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Scents of dark berries, nutmeg and black pepper. Flavors of dark berries and earthy along with delicate and soft tannins. A true xpression of a Mediteranean Merlot
20 years old
Spur pruning "Cordon" done by hand for better aeration and sun exposition, vines trellised vertically on 4 wires, topping 3 to 4 times to prevent plant depletion, mechanical plowing and weeding (no synthetic product), organic manure, biodiversity by replanting trees and plants to complement and reenforce natural defenses (uses of four leaves clover), organic farming techniques. Mechanical harvest.
Grapes destemmed and crushed then let in a concrete tank for the fermentation with the skin to get color and aromas. Then we take off the solid part (settling) and press it to extract more colors, aromas and tannins. A part of this second juice will be added to the tank containing the first juice. All steps uses nitrogen in order to keep freshness and lower the amount of sulfites.
2017 has been correctly wet for the reds. Winter and spring were rainy enough, so even if weôve had a dry summer, vines didnôt have a water stress. Nevertheless, we had to pay more attention to the disease because of the humidity but thanks to a good pruning, grapes have benefited of a good aeration and sunlight
IGP Cevennes, Languedoc, France