At home, we have a real old history of viticulture and wine. My ancesters were working in the vines since the 17th century in Merfy. The roots of our family are here, and we are planted here for a long time. One of our passion, is to found our origins, and one of the best way to find the feeling and the sensation of our ancestor, is to produce wine as they used to do, 200 years before.
For that, I prepared a barrel to put the grapes in it, to make a vinification like my ancestor. I opened it, and put full grapes from one of our oldest parcel of Pinot Noir 45 years old. A high maturity (11°), with freshness and finesse. Once in the barrel, I pressed it with my feets during 45 minutes, and let the wine in contact with the “raffles and pellicules in French …” to obtain a nice red colour. It took 12 hours to obtain this colour. The fermentations begun 3 days after the press, naturally, without any yeasts (only inoculated yeasts, natural from the vines).
That’s our first Rosé de Saignée, for our … own consummation (in a small barrel called feuillette : 114 liters). We only have to wait now, to let the wine grow alone, and to feel, after a long period what our ancestors were tasting, generations and generations before …
Some pictures of the selection of the grapes and of the press :