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Cuvées Turandot and Thais

Cuvées Turandot and Thaïs by Château Juliette

New releases CRU LIRAC 2012 white and red wines
Vignes 100years of age surrounded by rolled pebbles. Sold at the domaine.

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Château Juliette est étoilé au Guide Hachette 2012

Opera

Alexandre Marcelli Audier, opera singer Winemaker and opera singer

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Wine making

Respect of the environment and conservation of the antique methods

Harvesting by hand

This particular way to harvest is more and more obsolete due to its cost factor and time consumption. The manual harvest allows us to thoroughly sort the grapes choosing the best quality : only healthy grapes, whithout branches and vine leaves. The grapes are transported in small boxes of 10kg which avoids damaging.

Small volume vats

Scientifically it is proven that small volume vats (of for example 50 hl) improve and enhance natural chemical reactions. On top of this, it permits us to vinify each parcel of land or grape type separately and therefore create the perfect blend.

Intracellular Maceration

Harvesting by hand allows us to keep the grapes intact without crushing or damaging which is very important for a particular winemaking process called ‘Carbonic Maceration’ or otherwise known as ‘Aromatic Fermentation’. Here the grapes are fermented whole, in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. When the hand picked and carefully sorted grapes arrive at the cellar they are emptied directly into the vat where the atmosphere is deprived of oxygen. The lack of oxygen prevents the mould developing and prevents the juice inside the grape fermenting while the grape stays whole. Specific odorant compounds are also formed – often with aromas of strawberry and raspberry as well as having an intense grape smell. The resulting wine is fruity and easy drinking.

Antique press

This type of press allows us to carefully extract the grape juices controlling the amount of tannins desired. It is precisely monitored and regularily tasted throughout the pressing period.

Sloping land

A large percentage of our vineyards are on hilly land. This means, in contrast to the flat land where the vines have easy acces to water, minerals and trace-elements..., the vines roots have to dig deeper to search the needed nutrients and therefore assume more of the soil's characteristics.

Naturally low-yielding land

Without the intervention of humans, these naturally low-yielding vines give nourishment to a small percentage of grapes providing more aromas, sugar and colour to each fruit.

Wise treatment in respect of the environment

Château Juliette's policy is to respect the environment using natural products as often as possible.

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