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Spirit of Wine

We thrive in making fine wines that enrich the soul.

SPIRIT OF WINE

For over 30 years, we at Montesquieu have been dedicated to serving our clients and the greater wine community. We believe that great wines begin in the vineyard, so to ensure the highest quality possible, we work directly with a select group of growers to produce small batches of delicious, terroir-driven wines.

Our winemaking team focuses on producing first-rate boutique wines from family-owned and operated vineyards. These wines represent the very best from vineyards steeped in local traditions and reflect that unique terroir.

We are proud to leverage our deep-rooted partnerships with the world’s top growers. Our winemaking team handpicks the particular vineyard plots with the distinctive characteristics and potential that our winemakers demand. Working directly with the local growers ensures that we have truly maximized the full expression of the terroir. Each lot is then finished in a way that draws out its unique character and complexity. The wine is then bottled, labeled, and offered exclusively to our clients. Only through this rigorous process are we able to guarantee our clients that every single vintage we offer represents the absolute best of its kind.

We are 100% committed to producing hand-crafted, limited-production exquisite wines for our clients—each offering a rare taste of the good life. If you are among the fortunate few lucky enough to acquire these peerless wines, our promise is that you’ll experience a true work of art.

GRAPEVINES IN THE WINTER

As winter descends upon vineyards, winemakers enter a crucial period in grapevine care. The cold temperatures and frost pose unique challenges to grapevines, requiring careful attention to ensure their health and productivity come spring. In this blog post, we will delve into what happens to grapevines during winter and the essential steps winemakers need to take to safeguard their precious vines.

Winter marks a period of dormancy for grapevines, during which they enter a state of rest. This natural cycle is vital for the vines’ overall health and is influenced by factors such as temperature, daylight duration, and overall climate conditions. As temperatures drop, the metabolic activity within the vines slows down, leading to a halt in growth.

Cold temperatures can have both positive and negative effects on grapevines. On the positive side, winter chill hours – the cumulative number of hours below a certain temperature threshold – are crucial for breaking bud dormancy in the spring. However, prolonged exposure to extreme cold can result in frost damage, which can be detrimental to the vines.

To mitigate the risk of frost damage, winemakers employ various protective measures. These may include installing wind machines or heaters to circulate air and raise temperatures within the vineyard. Additionally, some vineyards use overhead sprinklers, creating a protective layer of ice around the vines, insulating them from more severe cold.

Winter is also the season for pruning, a fundamental practice in vineyard management. Pruning involves the careful removal of excess canes and shoots, shaping the vines for the coming growing season. Proper pruning is essential for maintaining the balance between vegetative growth and fruit production.

While the vines rest, winemakers pay attention to soil management during winter. Cover crops may be planted to prevent erosion, enhance soil fertility, and provide organic matter. Mulching is another common practice to protect the roots from extreme temperature fluctuations and maintain moisture levels in the soil.

As winter gives way to spring, winemakers shift their focus to preparing the vines for the upcoming growing season. This involves monitoring bud break, assessing potential frost risks, and implementing irrigation strategies. Adequate preparation during winter sets the stage for a successful and bountiful grape harvest.

New Release

 

2021 Democracy Cabernet Sauvignon

 

It’s our fourth vintage of the illustrious Democracy and 2021 is our best vintage yet! Our Winemaker, Camille Benitah, was inspired to find just the right vineyard blocks and she definitely delivered.

Sourced from Yountville (a vineyard next door to Tokalon) and Coombsville vineyard sites, this Cab announces itself as a deep, dark, and decadent cabernet. Drawing on the sandy, silty soil of Yountville to give us all of the wonderful finesse and earthiness reminiscent of our favorite left bank Bordeaux’s as its base. It’s the high elevation and cooler climate of Coombsville that brings that Napa power that we know and love.

The glossy pitch black color shows this wine means serious business. Swirl it in the decanter and the room fills with aromas of black cherry, espresso, tobacco and spice. 2021 is the real deal for Napa Cab, a dream vintage, and with Camille at the helm, we really see the beauty, layer after layer of rich dense fruit, powerful tannin, and incredible balance of freshness. The massive blackberry, licorice, and melted chocolate flavors glide across your palate with the greatest of ease, sending you off to an eternal finish of roasted plum, leather and earth. And while we can’t wait to see this evolve over the next 15 – 20 years, the Democracy has the depth and balance to drink beautifully today as well. So, pop it in the decanter for a couple hours while you prep and cook your favorite grilled meat and you’ll be in Cab-drinking Heaven!

 

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