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Assemblage

Jewellers’ work …

"The whole is more than the sum of the parts". Although Aristotle did not have wine-making in mind when he wrote this adage, the art of assemblage does illustrate it perfectly.

For each of the appellations, we gather all the samples taken from the steel vats, concrete vats, casks and demi-muids from different cooperages that are to enter in the assemblage of a given cuvée. This is the final touch and can take hours or even days. It consists in determining the optimal complementarity between the freshness of one varietal and the potency of another, between the elegance of a given barrel and the concentration of another… It is the diversity of terroirs, varietals, expressions and character that is particularly favourable to the complexity of the wines.
All these skilful and elaborate dosages must result in the best possible balance.