If you think you know Bordeaux wines like the back of your hand, Ormiale wines might prove you wrong!
Founded in 2007 by owner Fabrice Domercq and Jasper Morrison, Ormiale is situated in the north of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, 15 Kilometers south of St. Emilion and 8km from Castillon la Bataille. The parcels are Demeter certified and cover 2 hectares on the Côtes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs. They grow Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Ormiale works with very low yields, around 20-25 hectolitres/hectare, generating an extraordinary finesse to the wines. In comparison, the maximum authorised yield for Bordeaux Supérieur in 2009 was 59 hl./ha!
Besides the hand picking, the real astonishing aspect is the de-stemming (errafflage) entirely operated by hand! The vinification of the delicately handled fruits takes place into conical French oak vats and stainless steel vats for about 4 to 5 weeks, under the action of indigenous yeast. The maturation is then done in oak barrels of 225 to 600 litres and in stainless steel vats for about 18 months, being racked 2 or 3 times. The signature wine “Ormiale” is vinified and bottled on the property as an appellation Bordeaux contrôlée under “Grand Vin de Bordeaux”. In a nutshell, Ormiale is haute couture Bordeaux without needing the catwalks!
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