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.

See which St-Emilion and Pomerol wines scored at least 95 points as part of Jane Anson's Bordeaux 2015 in-bottle tasting series.

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Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol.

Wines rated at least 95 points by Jane Anson...

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See which St-Emilion and Pomerol wines scored at least 95 points as part of Jane Anson's Bordeaux 2015 in-bottle tasting series.

chateau lafleur, pomerol
Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol.

Wines rated at least 95 points by Jane Anson...

The post Bordeaux Right Bank 2015 in bottle: Top scorers appeared first on Decanter.

See which St-Emilion and Pomerol wines scored at least 95 points as part of Jane Anson's Bordeaux 2015 in-bottle tasting series.

chateau lafleur, pomerol
Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol.

Scroll down to see Jane Anson’s top scoring Bordeaux Right Bank 2015 wines – exclusively for Decanter Premium members


‘It’s an excellent Right Bank vintage,’ said James Lawther MW about Bordeaux 2015, when he tasted the wines en primeur for Decanter.com.

And, broadly speaking, this assessment has appeared to hold true.

While there were high scores for the Left Bank in 2015, particularly in Margaux, Jane Anson’s in-bottle tasting notes below reveal a greater number of Right Bank estates at the top end of the scoring spectrum.

‘On the Right Bank particularly, the in-bottle tasting may be the first chance to see final blends,’ added Anson.

Given the quality of the year, it is unsurprising that the very best wines spanning St-Emilion and Pomerol from the 2015 vintage should be able to age very well, as Anson states in several of her tasting notes below.

‘It’s going to last and last,’ Anson wrote of Château Lafleur 2015, while offering similar appraisal of L’Eglise Clinet, to pick just two of the highlights from Pomerol in the 2015 vintage.

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Coming soon: See more of Jane Anson’s tasting notes and ratings for St-Emilion and Pomerol 2015 wines in-bottle, plus extra commentary on the Right Bank 2015 vintage. 


Bordeaux Right Bank 2015: The top scorers in St-Emilion and Pomerol

 

 


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