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.
Lafite Rothschild label

Look closely and you’ll spot the addition of a hot air balloon to the famous label

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Lafite Rothschild label

Look closely and you’ll spot the addition of a hot air balloon to the famous label

The post See Lafite Rothschild's label redesign for 2018 vintage appeared first on Decanter.

Lafite Rothschild label

The 2018 vintage of Château Lafite Rothschild marked the 150th anniversary of the Rothschild family’s acquisition of Lafite, and to celebrate this milestone the first growth has tweaked its label.

Look closely and you’ll spot the addition of a hot air balloon to the famous label; it’s a subtle twist – and something that you might miss at first glance – but it was chosen to ‘disrupt’ the original label, sketched by a duo of illustrators called Black Adder.

Lafite Rothschild chairwoman Saskia de Rothschild explains. ‘We thought it would be a good idea to imagine something floating in the sky that the women [in the foreground of the original label] could be gazing at,’ she said.

‘In 1868, hot air balloons were the absolute symbols of modernity and adventure. In 2018, we still see them fly but they have become the symbol of slowing down, of taking the time to move more steadily. With no rush. Just what we have been doing at Lafite for 150 years: steadily standing the test of time as we head towards the future.’

The initials on the balloon ‘CL’ represent 150 in roman numerals and are also placed on the neck of the bottle of the 2018 release.

The 2018 vintage has been described by the château as a ‘capricious child’ as the season started as a struggle with one of the coldest winters since 2010, followed by a showery spring and mildew pressure from May to July. Things changed in the summer, however, with hot days, cool nights, and the right sprinkling of rain with the vines developing ‘perfectly into one of the most trouble-free harvest in recent years.’

The winemaking team was able to take its time and slowly choose when to pick each plot as grapes reached their optimal ripeness. The château was surprised by the opulence of the Merlot plots which almost rivalled the Cabernets in terms of expression.

Jane Anson said the 2018 wine ‘has the precision, the freshness and the sense of effortless elegance that Lafite always conveys with lots of power and depth, deep black fruits on the nose and a mix of spices,’ and it was one of her top Pauillac 2018 wines tasted en primeur.  

In a year when alcohol rose in the region, Lafite’s final blend didn’t exceed 13.3% thanks to the clayey, gravel soils of the Lafite plateau showing their capacity to regulate and provide balanced ripening conditions.

To celebrate this 150th anniversary wine Lafite will release 300 limited-edition cases containing a magnum of the 2018 vintage and a copy of the new book ‘The Almanac’ which retraces the 150 vintages of Château Lafite Rothschild.

‘We built this book to tell the story of Lafite since the Rothschild family has owned it, but also to share more stories about the life of a vintage,’ says Saskia de Rothschild. ‘We hope readers will come out of reading it with a better understanding of how a wine grows, from the soil to the vine to the bottle.’

The Almanac is released in December and the 300 limited edition cases in early 2021.


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