Balthazar Cuvée Inspiration Rouge (Tradition)
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.
|Appellation of origin||AOP Aix en Provence, Wine of Provence|
|Assembly||Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache|
|Wine storage||3 to 5 years|
|Wine fermentation||Vinification in long vatting of 4 weeks with a malolactic fermentation around 20°C for more roundness and fruits.|
|Wine maturation||No breeding.|
Spices, red fruits
|Area||The grape varieties that make up this wine are grown on 50 hectares of the estate, which has 160 hectares in total.|
|Location||The vineyards that produce the flower of Château Virant are located in the communes of Lançon de Provence, La Fare-les-Oliviers.|
|Age of the vineyards||To produce such a wine, the majority of the vines are 30 years old or more.|
|Planting density||We plant 4000 vines per hectare.|
|Floors||Characteristic of the best wine lands in France, our soil is said to be clay-limestone.|
|Particularity of the vineyard plantation||These 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 viticulture||The entire estate is certified High Environmental Value Level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture there is.|
|Type of harvest||The harvest of these lands is mechanical, at a moderate pace to ensure the perfect preservation of the berries.|
|Winery||The vatting of our Rouge Inspiration is done in huge 19th century concrete vats.|
|Vinification||Vinification in long vatting of 4 weeks with a malolactic fermentation around 20°C for more roundness and fruits.|
|Bottling date||24 months after the harvest|
|Type of crop||Traditional|
|Date of harvest||Harvested during the second part of September.|
|Custody level||Cellar storage between 3 and 7 years|
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