Terroir: With concerns about protecting the environment, Domaine Tariquet has been sustainably managing the vineyards for over 20 years. The estate is certified ISO 14001 and HVE (High Environment Value).
Vinification: Domaine Tariquet uses a sustainable method of growing and only uses natural fertilizers. Destemming of the grapes occurs during harvest, mechanically. Grapes are then transported in air-tight tanks to the facility. The grapes go through maceration with skin-contact for 8-12 hours into temperature-controlled pneumatic presses. The freshly pressed juices are matured on fine lees at a low, cool temperature. The wine is kept in cold storage until bottling in tanks at -2°C (28.4°F) to preserve the wines’ freshness. Bottling only occurs upon order to ensure optimal fruitiness and crispness all year long.
When the first thrushes (‘premières grives’) arrive with the first chills in autumn, the late harvests begin. From these very ripe, sugar-gorged grapes comes a fine, elegant, stylish wine. This off-dry wine is characterized by its great freshness with delicate exotic fruit, mango and apricot notes. Premières Grives is all at once round, rich, and very well-balanced. To be shared as an aperitif, then with semi-cooked or pan-seared foie gras, a roasted free-range chicken, coconut milk shrimps, spicy dishes, hard or blue cheese. It also goes very well with a lemon meringue pie, a fresh fruit salad, a chocolate-strawberry macaron or a vanilla mille-feuille.
Score: 89 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
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