Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

Multi-millionaire Bernard Magrez has confirmed that he has bought Château Le Sartre in Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan.

Le Sartre.
Le Sartre.

Magrez expands in Bordeaux...

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Multi-millionaire Bernard Magrez has confirmed that he has bought Château Le Sartre in Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan.

Le Sartre.
Le Sartre.

Magrez expands in Bordeaux...

The post Bernard Magrez buys Château Le Sartre appeared first on Decanter.

Multi-millionaire Bernard Magrez has confirmed that he has bought Château Le Sartre in Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan.

Le Sartre.
Le Sartre.

Magrez is already the owner of four classified properties: Château Pape Clément, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Château Fombrauge and Château La Tour Carnet, and 40 other properties around the globe.

Although Château Le Sartre is not a classified estate, Magrez said in a statement that it offered ‘a unique opportunity’ to expand his portfolio.

La Sartre is located near Château de Fieuzal and east of Domaine de Chevalier, on both sandy and stony soil. It extends to 33 hectares, split between 23 hectares dedicated to red wines and 10 hectares for white wines, planted mostly with Sauvignon Blanc.

Le Sartre was owned by Marie-José Leriche, sister of Antony Perrin from Château Carbonnieux, who transferred the domaine to her in 2005 before his death in 2008. It was run by René Leriche, her husband, and Marie-José.

Groupe Bernard Magrez did not disclose the purchase price.

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