Still, remember this moment from the photo - the harvest 2018 in Domaine Cazottes.
I also remember when I always said that
I love to work with the amphorae but I will never make my own wine in this way as I do not feel represented by the results.
Pretty funny now, when I look on my small tank which is a bland of almost 90% macerated Mauzac Rose (macerated in the amphorae) and 10% of the flower must.
So to make a resume of all the information.
Maninalto 2018 was made near to Gaillac, the south-east region of France in Domaine Cazottes where I also work.
It's 100% of Mauzac Rose grape variety - indigenous in the area. The part which was vinified in the amphorae was destemmed and left for the maceration on the skins for the 5 months (no residual sugar, malolactic completed).
After the racking on March, the wine was put in the 1 amphorae again and in the 2 old wood barrels. All that you can find as Mauzac Rose from Domaine Cazottes - and also it's 90% of Maninalto.
So...what's this 10%?
I did a bland with still Mauzac Rose but which we ferment on the low temperature with the technic of débourbage - short, we eliminate the lees already on the first hours after the direct press. Wine made 100% with this technic is Adele from Domaine Cazottes, I take just a small part for Maninalto.
Blending not blending?? What all about here?
Indeed, Maninalto 2018 is a bland of two different technics. I promised to give you a wine that I don't have to defend, which will be absolutely independent of me and your opinion as well, the one which will not tell the story but the one which is a part of their own story. This is an answer to why I blended the same grapes but vinified in two different technics. It's not easy to be a grape which is not white and not red neither. One which in practic even does not exist by itself, but mostly grow in the middle of the others. I want to give him a justice - let him BE.
Now I just need some time for a bottling which is 100% manual (like real manual!)...hoping to have next year the quantities which permit to use any technical help.
Hope you will like it and remember - it's the one and only vintage like that! Maninalto 2019 will be an all different story... and so on and on... :)
We had now on the list red 2017, amber 2018...so maybe I should think now about some white?? :)