Balthazar Cuvée Inspiration Rouge (Tradition)

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Silver Medal at the CGA of Paris 2015

Silver Medal at the Regional Competition of Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2017

Prize of Excellence at the Vinalies 2017

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Choosing the Balthazar de Cuvée Inspiration Rouge is first and foremost opting for a packaging that preserves the aromas of the estate's flagship wine for a long time. This emblematic wine was born in 1998 after a long research work with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache grapes of the domain. At work, the Cheylan family has multiplied the tests to discover the perfect proportion of berries necessary to make this wine.

Together, with the support of the cellar master and the oenologist, they decided that the vinification method would be the same as those of the old hillside vines. Thus, its pre-fermentation maceration at 15°, its fermentation under controlled temperature between 18° and 22° and its long vatting period of 4 weeks give this wine power, balance and structure.

The importance attributed to this cuvée, which is one of the best-selling wines of the domain, requires an irreproachable constancy in the gustative attributes of the Cuvée Inspiration Rouge. Thus, you will find, whatever the vintage, aromas of red fruits in jam, notes of cocoa, garrigue and spices. From the fourth year of conservation, the tannins become finer and well melted. This wine becomes rounder and silkier.

Data sheet

Appellation of originAOP Aix en Provence, Wine of Provence
AssemblyCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache
Vintage2017
Wine colorRed
Wine storage3 to 5 years
Wine fermentationVinification in long vatting of 4 weeks with a malolactic fermentation around 20°C for more roundness and fruits.
Wine maturationNo breeding.
Dominant aromasFruity
Powerful
Spices, red fruits
AreaThe grape varieties that make up this wine are grown on 50 hectares of the estate, which has 160 hectares in total.
LocationThe vineyards that produce the flower of Château Virant are located in the communes of Lançon de Provence, La Fare-les-Oliviers.
Age of the vineyardsTo produce such a wine, the majority of the vines are 30 years old or more.
Planting densityWe plant 4000 vines per hectare.
FloorsCharacteristic of the best wine lands in France, our soil is said to be clay-limestone.
Particularity of the vineyard plantationThese plantations are located on arid south-facing slopes and benefit from a microclimate with very low rainfall compensated by salvaging night dews and careful irrigation.
Type of viticultureThe entire estate is certified High Environmental Value Level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture there is.
Type of harvestThe harvest of these lands is mechanical, at a moderate pace to ensure the perfect preservation of the berries.
WineryThe vatting of our Rouge Inspiration is done in huge 19th century concrete vats.
VinificationVinification in long vatting of 4 weeks with a malolactic fermentation around 20°C for more roundness and fruits.
Bottling date24 months after the harvest
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DomainChâteau Virant
Type of cropTraditional
Alcohol content15°
Operating temperature16°
Date of harvestHarvested during the second part of September.
Custody levelCellar storage between 3 and 7 years

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