After sixteen years of winemaking, I’ve learned to restrain myself .
It’s beautiful and sportive to do pump-overs by hand. However, I’m more and more inclined to a soft and natural way of working. I’ve learned when it’s time to let the wine be, when a small pump-over is enough, when its’ time for a ‘délestage’.
Since we start with a perfectly clean product, we can permit ourselves a long period of skin-contact, going up, sometimes, to four weeks – time enough to softly extract both taste of coulour ..
We vinifie in concrete tanks – for aging, we privilige big volume barrels (500 or 600 litres) of the finest quality French oak – adding just an additional complexity without any dominance of wood.
Terre des Dames wines are pure, ready to drink now, but perfect for aging.