In our search for the finest grapes, we specifically select vineyards the express unique terroir characteristics. We blend these unique terroirs to create a distinctive Le Lude Reserve house style.
Our Brut Reserve is elegant and fresh and represents the Classique Le Lude style of Cap Classique.
All our grapes are harvested by hand into shallow picking crates to eliminate bruising. Our harvest starts at first light to ensure the grapes are still cold when picked by hand. The grapes are then transport in refrigerated trucks to the cellar, offloaded and packed in a cold room to reach 5 Celsius before pressing starts.
The juice is settled for three days before being racked off the sediment. This clean juice will be inoculated with a Champaign yeast and undergo cool fermentation. No lees contact is given post fermentation and malolactic ferment is avoided.
Once fermentation is completed then all the different batches and cultivars will be tasted and blended according to the Brut Reserve House style. Careful consideration is made to produce a wine with structure and length, yet still possessing elegance and finesse on the palate.
The Reserve range is fermented under crown cap in bottle and then aged Sur Lie, on lease, in our dark temperature-controlled caves for a minimum period of 36 months before being disgorged. A dosage is added to balance out the different characters present in the wine.
The Cap Classique will be aged a further four months on the cork before being market ready and made available for clientele.