© Château de l'Engarran 2003
and tradition go hand in hand in the winery of Engarran.
Stainless steel and wood, 17th century timbers and
an integrated cold system, a wooden ratchet press
and a low-pressure pneumatic press
modern equipment, and we have it, but we always
refer to tradition to enable Engarran wines to express
themselves to the full.
A set of wooden vats, stainless steel and concrete
vats with floating caps are used to vinify by the
plot and achieve the full range of expression of
the soils of Saint Georges d'Orques.
The final stage in winemaking is barrel maturing,
a mysterious alchemic process which consolidates
the intermingling of tannins and oak.
The base principle of Engarran is always to respect
the wine's personality; the wood must blend into
the wine to bring out its potential.
3 red blends (Château de l'Engarran Cuvée
Quetton Saint Georges, Château de l'Engarran
Cuvée tradition, Domaine de l'Engarran
Vin de Pays d'Oc) are matured here in different
types of barrel adapted to each wine and for periods
suited to each vintage, the requisite length of
time being tested in quarterly tasting sessions.
1 white blend is barrel-vinified and matured on
lees for 6 months (Domaine de l'Engarran Cuvée
Tours of the barrel cellar are organised for the
Vine and Wine festival in late May, with sampling
of the wines still in the maturing process. Not
to be missed!