Sunday, October 2, 2022
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Men in black
A man in black decanting Château Pontet Canet 2010
When it comes to preparing wine for clients or guests, decanting becomes a crucial, needed step of the preparation when a wine is too young, too tight, or presents lots of sediments due to its age.
For Burgundy, for example, I don't usually decant the reds (it might have happened but only on rare occasions), as Pinot Noir-based wines open up quite easily and rapidly in the bottle, and thus do not require decanting, unless really tight.
However, I love decanting white burgundy, especially if they are young to give them a boost and allow them to open up faster. Old burgundy whites also deserve to be decanted in most cases.
For Bordeaux, both young and old need to be decanted in my opinion. The ones in the middle with a certain maturity, not necessarily too young or too old, can just be opened, tasted, and left open, without decanting. However, if too tight, too young, or too old, and, more importantly, if full of sediments, then decanting is a must.
For other regions and appellations, it depends on the wine, the grape variety, the strength, the alcohol content, the vintage, and many other factors.
For example, I do not usually decant Loire valley Red, yet, some Chinon and even some Saumur Champigny deserve to be decanted, for the Cabernet Franc to fully express itself.
In the meantime, I like to decant full and strong wines from the Southern Rhone, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, California, Barossa, etc... as they usually need to be tamed down a little to be better appreciated.
I must say I love decanting and I'm pretty good at it. The key is to remain calm, concentrated, and focused. And after doing it and repeating the same gests for the past 30+ years, I'm like a Decanting Master now. It is definitely one of my specialties and all the videos I posted on YouTube and other Social Media can attest to the quality of my decanting skills.
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M. Chapoutier Hermitage "Chante-Alouette" Northern Rhone Valley 2018
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite, Rhone, France (White & Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc, Rhone, France (White)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal, Rhone, France (White & Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Les Greffieux Rouge, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille, Rhone, France (Sweet White)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante-Alouette, Rhone, France (White)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage Mure de Larnage, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage, Rhone, France (Red)
- "Ermitage" is used for the "Sélections Parcellaires" ("parcel or plot selections"), meaning from one parcel/plot of vines (within the Hermitage hill), producing wines offering the best expression of the "terroir" they come from (*).
- "Hermitage" is used for wines crafted from a blend of various parcels/plots of Hermitage Hill.
- Specific soil and subsoil composition
- Sun exposure
- Natural drainage due to the slope inclination
- Surroundings that may influence the vine and grape growth cycle (flora, fauna, stone wall, trees, etc..)
- Micro-climate due to various surrounding factors (height and position on the hill, proximity to the top or the bottom, proximity to the Rhone river, etc..)
- Age of the vines (which is different as some vines or even entire plots may have been replanted, and are therefore younger than others).
- Vineyard management (due to all the above)
- “Le Méal”, is characterized by a soil of very old fluvioglacial alluvial deposits with a high pebble content.
- “Les Murets”: whose soil is clay-gravel. Its red clays give the wines a full, rich character.
- “Chante-Alouette”: a high-lying terroir whose soil is a mixture of loess and very finely decomposed granite. It gives the wine freshness, salinity, and acidity