The Official Wine Thread - Page 1302
Ahh, its not advertised on the front page.
Sales are on
L'Eglise Clinet Pomerol 2009 $100 off
Lafite Rotchschild Pauillac 2010 $300 off
Le Petit Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2009 40% off
La Mission HautBrion Pessac Leognan 2001 25% off etc etc etc
Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 2010
Monbrison margaux 2010
Clos de marquis Saint Julie 2010
Croix de Labrie St. Emillioin 1999
Bouscaut Blanc Pessac Leognan 2011
Clos Marsalette Blanc Pessac Leognan 2010
short: my bet would be that it was a hot year and that they prefer the "natural" way but didn't do much to correct for it
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two, and this part is just my speculation, but it might have been unusually hot year and they might not believe in fertilization. usually leads to ammonia deficiency in the must which causes unusual production of sulfur compounds. usually you check ammonia levels before fermentation and correct deficiencies by adding more, but some of the natural wineries don't do any of that.
also their style might be more reductive (as in they try to eliminate contact with oxygen as much possible), but i haven't really heard about this for reds, only for whites. if they do a steel or even concrete fermentation instead of in barrels the high sulfur might make sense. do you taste oak or used wood? or is it much cleaner in taste?
usually the natural way to get rid of sulfur is by racking and aerating the wine much more than normal. sounds like they didn't do this enough. it might be a general philosophy thing (as in they think it's awesome wine and want to preserve as much of it as possible)
if you notice sulfur issues, tiny amounts of prickly carbonation, and ugly tartrate cyrstals i would bet really hard that they're about minimal intervention and biodynamic natural whatever
this is easily solved by a careful decant for an hour or two. sulfur should blow off
if they're not about natural wines it's probably laziness and/or inattentiveness
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