Grapes are gathered, and vineyards abandoned awhile. Then, nature and nuture perform the alchemy that produces our goblet of wine..
art of pressing,
A wise winemaker accompanies a winegrape, from its birth, to maturation as a good wine. He cares for it, and provides a nurturing ambient. He lets it live its own life. He does not interfere with its development too much, because this always results in a mediocre wine. As each year is different, with its amount of rainfall, and sunshine, so the grape is different to the year before, and after. Left alone in the barrel, the wine chooses, according to its experience, how it will mature. Its hues of colour, aroma, and taste will be unique, and maybe it will be a good vintage, maybe not. That is tradition.
Le Chai au Quai
Alongside the Dordogne river sits Le Chai au Quai (shay-o-key) built in 1856. Here, wine barrels were stored until rolled across the quay, passed into ‘gabares’ (flatbottomed boats) and then carried down river to the Port of Bordeaux.
Today, in this beautiful, and historic building, wine is made, matured in barrels, then bottled before exportation.