This video by Claude Clim presents our property at a time when the vines are nearing full growth and when the wine, already in the cellar, is blended in preparation for bottling. 2021
Light Snow falling over the vineyard today
Titled; Organic weed control in the vineyard
This is where the glamour of winemaking fades a bit for me. The free run wine is drained and transferred from the vats to leave the grape skins and sediment (marc). This material is removed from the vats with a pitch fork, thrown through the vat door into a hopper over a large pump. It is then transferred to the press to extract some more wine...'pressings'. The dregs are sent to the local distillery.
Grapes for red wine are brought to the winery, crushed and pumped into vats. At Maine Gazin, the building was developed in the 1850's so the vats are concrete. The 'moût' is then fermented to convert the sugar to alcohol. This process is usually completed within a fortnight before commencing the malolactic fermentation. Then it is pressing time. https://youtu.be/Ldrwr1xxQJc
Harvesting of grapes has developed just in the 5 years we have been at Chateau Maine Gazin. The grapes are now stripped from the bunch and the smaller berries rejected. The bunch stem is left on the vine and a minimal amount of vegetable matter is taken to the winery.
Some varieties of vines produce small bunches of grapes after the main bunches have formed. These do not ripen before harvest. They need to be removed or they will introduce a green vegetable taste through the wine. This video is taken in our Cabernet Franc plot.https://youtu.be/9qEo1ZniZtQ
Château Maine Gazin is a property of 7.3ha that includes the vineyard, maison, bungalow and several out buildings. The vineyard has 9 plots, the 2 closest to the buildings are Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc has the 2 plots on the to eastern side and the balance is Merlot. Video courtesy of Wilke Reints.