- Sep 30, 2009
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- Banbury UK
Wood shavings keep Southern French rosé wines looking fresh for longer
17 April, 2023Chips stabilise colour and aroma
This is This is important, it says, because rosé has long ceased to be a seasonal product and the trade must be supplied with youthful-tasting wines by November or December of the year following the harvest. According to the report, it is recommended to add the wood chips at the beginning of fermentation so that their flavour can integrate better. In order to prevent the wines from appearing woody, the dose should not be higher than 0.8 g/l, according to experts. However, one could also add up to 4 g/l to obtain more distinctly woody batches that could be used as blending partners for the finished cuvée. The majority of the wood chips should be fresh; a small proportion of roasted chips can also have a positive influence on the taste. In the meantime, there are own wood blends for rosés, for example from the barrel producer Seguin Moreau.
As Lilian Bertin, technical director of the winery Vignerons du Pays d'Ensérune, reports, the chips cost from 0.2 euros to 0.8 euros per hl, depending on the quality of the wines. "We only lignify 10 to 15 per cent of the 70,000 hl we produce. We use these lots as parts in our cuvées, which are sold in bottles and are well rated."
I assume the chips are oak, but I could be wrong. The article doesn’t say what they are! (Wein.plus)