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Vin de France 2006 Bu N'Daw
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  • 19. Vin de France 2006 Bu N'Daw

    Domaine la Grange de Quatre Sous

    100% Petite Arvine (9% alc, 320 g/l of rs)

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    This is a very special, unique sweet wine made from grapes allowed to shrivel on the vine until early December. It is the only sweet wine that Hildegard has ever produced, and was given an eight year elevage in just one demi-muid.  Hildegard advises drinking it with a strong blue cheese like Roquefort or just enjoying it by itself at the end of a meal. For her it conveys memories of a Moroccan souk, with dried fruits, stewed pineapples, saffron, and notable spices. For drinking now to 2020+.

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Further details
Winemaker
Hildegard Horat and Alioune Diop
Location
Assignan, Hérault
Size of domaine
8 hectares of which Bu N’Daw comprises 0.25ha
Grape
30 year old vines trained cordon de royat on trellis. 4000 vines per hectare on average
Terroir
Clay limestone, 300 mtrs above sea-level. Flat aspect.
Viticulture
Light debudding. Doesn’t carry out green harvest. Ploughing in spring and autumn so grass doesn’t grow. Uses sulphur and Bioproof against oidium and mildew, tries to lower the amount of sulphur needed. No chemical herbicides or pesticides. Organic fertiliser (cow manure). Harvested by hand. Grapes are sorted in the vineyard. Late harvest; 8 hectos per hectare yield. Certified Organic (Ecocert ©)
Vinification
No destalking. Pressing for 1.5 hours with a membrane press, settling of the juice for 24 hrs. Fermentation in inox cuve (at 18°C to 20°C – the temperature isn’t controlled or raised) using natural, indigenous yeasts. Alcoholic fermentation for 2 weeks. The wine naturally carries out its malolactic fermentation. Aged for 8 years in 5 year old 225L barrels, light toast. Racked once. No bâtonnage. No chaptalisation. No fining nor filtration. Only one bottling in October.
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