Chateau La Galiane Margaux 2012
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Margaux|
|Brand||Chateau La Galiane|
The quality at Château La Galiane starts in the vineyard. The soil consists of outcroppings of fine gravel on a clay-limestone base which facilitates excellent drainage, leading to ripe, healthy fruit. The grapes are 100% destemmed and given a short, cold pre-fermentation maceration to extract aroma and color. This phase is followed by three weeks of vinification in temperature controlled, concrete tanks: alcoholic and malolactic fermentation and maceration (cuvaison) with daily pumping over to ensure maximum extraction of supple and fresh fruit, aromas and color. The wine is assembled early in the New Year. The wine matures in barrels for two years; the casks are about 25% each new and 1-3 years of age. Before bottling, Château la Galiane is fined with fresh egg whites but is never filtered. Chateau La Galiane is a classic Margaux, combining richly satisfying flavors and finesse. The wine is usually ready to enjoy on release but can be cellared for up to ten years. Small family properties in Bordeaux rarely export to the USA, and Chateau La Galiane is an undiscovered gem.