Pas de L’Escalette - 2018 Les Petits Pas, Rouge
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From the moment the Petit Pas concept was created it was intended to be the charmer and not taken so seriously—hence the full color pinkish red label with neon green footprints. They start bottling it at the end of winter to make sure it’s ready at the beginning of a new growing season after everyone has hibernated with an overload of heavy reds. It’s also perfect for summer because it’s a red wine that doesn’t feel heavy under the summer sun. The wine bursts with fresh red and crunchy fruits and fresh, bright acidity.
To insure the pleasure meter remains as high as possible for early consumption as little as possible is done from the moment the grapes are harvested all the way through the short aging process. Once this multi-parcel blend of more or less 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Carignan grapes are picked they’re sorted for quality and put into large oak and cement tanks with about 40-50% of the stems still intact; all of the stems from the Syrah are used. During its three week fermentation there are no forced extraction, only a gentle pushdown of the cap to keep it healthy, which is often called an “infusion” method.
After five months in large upright wooden tanks and cement vats (two aging vessels employed preserve the wine’s youthful energy and tension) it’s prepared for bottling with a light filtration and its first and only addition of sulfites—no more than 30mg/l (30 parts per million) of total SO2.