After the last devatting by the end of September, we leave the wines to settle a few days in tanks. It allows the lees to settle at the bottom. It is a good opportunity to taste the vintage.
No doubt, 2018 is a great vintage.
Then, we start to fill the barrels. The wines will stay from 12 to 16 months in the barrels for the aging. The origin of each barrel is different for each appellation. With the help from the barrel maker, we select the origin of wood, the kind of toast and the percentage of new oak we want for our wines.
We generaly do not use more than 30% of new oak for our wines.
After that period, we can now return to the vines. The setting of the posts for our parcels Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières and Santenay 1er Cru Beauregard is beginning.
The posts are set with precision but the dryness of the soil slows us down.
October is also the date of the arrival of our new tractor. The 3 wheels tractor Pellenc. This will allow us to dig holes in order to replant vines and crush vineshoots on the floor during winter. It is also with that tool that we will spray our organic treatments in our vines during spring and summer.
For now, it allows us to dig the holes in order to replace vines at the end of winter.
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