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Producer Profile 5: Chateau Cheval Blanc — Medium to Full-bodied Red Wines

Wines in this style tend to be:

  • Made from thicker-skinned varieties
  • From grapes harvested at medium to high levels of must weight
  • Mainly dry

Wines in this style tend to have:

  • Moderate to high levels of alcohol
  • Styles that range from generous, approachable and early-drinking to complex and for medium to long-term cellaring
  • Used a range of production methods according to the style made

For approachable, early-drinking styles, the following techniques are often used:

  • A cold soak or pre-fermentation maceration
  • Fermentations carried out by inoculated or ambient yeasts
  • Fermentations at cooler temperatures
  • Micro-oxygenation during fermentation and maturation
  • Limited use of barrels, casks or oak alternatives
  • May go to bottle with fining and filtration

For the more complex styles for medium to long-term cellaring, the following techniques are often used:

  • Spontaneous fermentations
  • Higher temperature fermentations
  • Post-fermentation maceration
  • Extensive barrel ageing
  • May go to bottle with light or no fining and filtration