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From Manciat's oldest vines, at 30-35 years old, on a gentle, stony slope of clay-limestone soils. These are some of Jean's favorite vines. Direct pressed followed by 24-48 hours cooling of the juices. Native yeast fermentation with nine months aging in stainless steel tanks. 3 grams of sulfur added at pressing and 50-70mg at bottling.
Jean Manciat’s vineyards can be toured on foot in a few minutes (5.5 hectares). When Manciat took over his family estate, he immediately left the coop in Charnay. He replanted extensively but kept as many of the old vines as possible. The yields average less than 50 hectoliters/hectare (the co-ops routinely harvest twice as much) and the picking is done by hand (a tradition totally lost around here except at the best Mâcon estates).
Manciat prunes his Chardonnay vines in the Côte d’Or fashion (taille Guyot), leaving a shorter cane that is less productive. The Mâconnais style of pruning is to bend a long cane into an arc, but Manciat finds the quality much higher with a shorter cane. Manciat is also experimenting with various agricultural techniques, such as sowing particular varieties of grass between rows, to eliminate the use of herbicides and alleviate soil erosion.
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210 EAST VERMILION STREET LAFAYETTE, LA 70501
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