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Chateau Lagrezette Zette 2003

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Producer Background: Since 1989, the renowned enologist Michel Rolland has worked with Alain Dominique Perrin to oversee viticulture at the property, with the objective to produce the most expressive and healthy grapes possible. Manual leaf pulling is used to control exposure and reduce vigor, and manual green pruning controls yields and helps to obtain concentration in the fruit. Harvesting by hand ensures healthy fruit is picked and manual sorting eliminates any inferior fruit before crush. The underground cellars of Domaine de Lagrezette were designed to help the development of the read more... wine and to preserve the environment. On three levels, they’re 55 meters long and 19 meters deep, containing a gravity-fed system for moving the wine from sorting, de-stemming, and crush, at the top level, to stainless steel fermentation tanks and 75 hectoliter oak vats for the luxury cuvées, on the middle level. The barrel cellar is located below, for extended aging of the wines. Wine Type: Dry Red Grape Type: 100% Malbec. Country: France Region: Cahors Vinification: A new wine exclusive to the U.S. market, Zette is made from 100% Malbec grapes from fifteen year-old vines grown in clay and limestone soils. There is a four-day cold maceration at 12ºC, fermentation at 30ºC, and an extended maceration at 28ºC with daily pumping over, to extract beneficial “primary material” from the grapes; i.e. complex aromas, deep colors, plush palate flavors and soft, ripe tannins. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tank before aging for 12 months in French oak barrels.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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Domaine Lagrezette:
The 55 meters long and 19 meters deep underground cellars of the Domaine de Lagrezette were devised with a view to both favor the quality of the wine and preserve the environment. Situated at the foot of the chateau, this sophisticated and unique-in-its-design winemaking facility allows a non-interventionist vinification process in the sense that its setting on three floors permits easy transfe... Read more
The 55 meters long and 19 meters deep underground cellars of the Domaine de Lagrezette were devised with a view to both favor the quality of the wine and preserve the environment. Situated at the foot of the chateau, this sophisticated and unique-in-its-design winemaking facility allows a non-interventionist vinification process in the sense that its setting on three floors permits easy transfer from one level to another by gravity. The handpicked grapes are sorted manually, de-stemmed, and crushed at level 3. Level 2 is fitted with small temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for alcoholic fermentation, that allow the separate vinification of each parcel. It also houses a 75 hl oak vat dedicated to the production of the luxury-cuvee Le Pigeonnier. Level 1, which offers ideal and naturally constant conditions of temperature and hygrometry, is the place where the wines are left to mature in new oak barrels. Created as early as the 15th century*, the vineyard of the domaine has been replanted and is perfectly kept. Established on the second and third terraces of the Lot, on a clayey limestone and siliceous soil, it extends over an area of more than 60 hectares, and is planted with Malbec (77 %), Merlot (21 %), and Tannat (2 %) -three grape varieties that combine to give to the wines of Lagrezette their character and authenticity. The vines are managed with the greatest care, with the leaf-pulling and green pruning being done by hand. This ensures the production of top-quality grapes, which are harvested and sorted-out manually, to give the greatest wines. Read less

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Snooth User: atonalprime
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3.00 5
11/21/2009

Cedar, vanilla and caraway nose, smooth, still tannic, dry green pepper and cocoa body, honey finish

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  • Snooth User: cookypuss1
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    4.50 5
    07/07/2008

    The "ZETTE" is Chateau Lagrezette's "cheap" wine. Sure doesn't taste like it, though! The 2003 is young still for drinking - decant this if you will be drinking now. At ~$11, this is a SCREAMING deal from France. A truly wonderful medium-bodied wine, at an "everyday drinker" price. Love it!



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    Producer Background: Since 1989, the renowned enologist Michel Rolland has worked with Alain Dominique Perrin to oversee viticulture at the property, with the objective to produce the most expressive and healthy grapes possible. Manual leaf pulling is used to control exposure and reduce vigor, and manual green pruning controls yields and helps to obtain concentration in the fruit. Harvesting by hand ensures healthy fruit is picked and manual sorting eliminates any inferior fruit before crush. The underground cellars of Domaine de Lagrezette were designed to help the development of the read more... wine and to preserve the environment. On three levels, they’re 55 meters long and 19 meters deep, containing a gravity-fed system for moving the wine from sorting, de-stemming, and crush, at the top level, to stainless steel fermentation tanks and 75 hectoliter oak vats for the luxury cuvées, on the middle level. The barrel cellar is located below, for extended aging of the wines. Wine Type: Dry Red Grape Type: 100% Malbec. Country: France Region: Cahors Vinification: A new wine exclusive to the U.S. market, Zette is made from 100% Malbec grapes from fifteen year-old vines grown in clay and limestone soils. There is a four-day cold maceration at 12ºC, fermentation at 30ºC, and an extended maceration at 28ºC with daily pumping over, to extract beneficial “primary material” from the grapes; i.e. complex aromas, deep colors, plush palate flavors and soft, ripe tannins. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tank before aging for 12 months in French oak barrels.

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