La Dame de l’Hospital | Merlot Blend | France | 2018

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Deep red with fine aromas of red fruit and toasted notes. Smooth and round on the palate with a strong finish. Pair with grilled meat, poultry or medium cheeses.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winemaker: Château de l'Hospital
Varietal: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Organic and biodynamic. Traditional vinification with three weeks of vatting.
Vintage: 2018
Alcohol: 13.5%
Sulfite Content: 23mg/l

$48.00



OUR WINEMAKER

Chateau de l'Hospital

Located in the Grave region of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne, Château de l'Hospital is an artisanal organic producer in one of the most historic winemaking areas of France. They have been committed to producing organic wines since 2013, and all of their 40 ha are dedicated to producing outstanding examples of organic winemaking.

Technical Directot Laurent and his team focus on promoting biodiversity throughout the vineyard and the castle's grounds. Using biodynamic techniques, and regular inspections from certifying bodies, the château maintains sustainability throughout all their farming techniques.

WHAT IS ORGANIC WINE?

Organic wines need organic grapes, so farmers eschew the use of artificial pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides. The US and EU, two of the most prominent bodies in the organic wine certification game, have different rules regarding ‘organic’, particularly concerning the cellaring practices (which relates to how wines are stored before getting into the bottle).

So wine can be made with organically-grown grapes but needs to use organic yeast and avoid sulfites to be a USDA-certified organic wine. Similarly, complex rules exist in the EU, but total sulfite levels are limited (rather than banned). In both cases, the entire winemaking facility – and not just the farm – has to use organic practices.

That might seem complicated, but it’s easier if you just stick to the golden rule: follow the organic certification rules in respective winemaking regions. If possible, try to learn about the winemaker to see how they comply with organic legislation (or organic methods) in their country. If you ever get the chance, a visit to an organic farm is a fantastic opportunity to understand the sustainable vision of organic farmers.

DELIVERY

Our regular delivery days are every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 5pm. If you'd like a specific time outside of that, please let us know in the checkout notes.

Remember that if you're part of our Organic Wine Club, you can get discounted rates on both the wine and delivery – get in touch and we'll apply the discount for you.

For more information, please take a look at our delivery and FAQ pages.