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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.

UNVEILING THE POETRY OF WINE: UNDERSTANDING FLOWERING IN VINEYARDS

In the intricate dance of seasons within a vineyard, flowering stands as a pivotal moment, heralding the promise of the grape harvest to come. It is a poetic interlude where nature reveals its artistry, setting the stage for the creation of exceptional wines.

The Prelude to Fruitfulness: Defining Flowering

Flowering marks the transition from vegetative growth to reproductive phase in grapevines. Typically occurring in late spring to early summer, this stage is characterized by the emergence of delicate clusters of tiny flowers on the vine’s shoots. Each flower holds the potential to develop into a grape, the quintessential building block of wine.

Nature’s Symphony: The Process of Flowering

As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, grapevines respond to these environmental cues by initiating flowering. This delicate phase is orchestrated by a combination of factors including temperature, sunlight, soil moisture, and genetic predisposition of the grape variety.

During flowering, the grapevine delicately balances its energy between vegetative growth and reproductive development. The flowers, adorned in shades of white or pale green depending on the grape variety, open for only a brief period, usually a week or two. This ephemeral bloom is a critical moment for the vine, as successful pollination is essential for fruit set.

The Role of Pollination: Ensuring Fruitfulness

Pollination, facilitated primarily by wind and insects such as bees, is essential for the fertilization of grape flowers. As pollen grains from the stamen (male reproductive organ) of one flower are carried to the stigma (female reproductive organ) of another, the process of fertilization begins. This union of pollen and stigma initiates the development of seeds within the ovary of the flower, triggering the formation of grape berries.

The Impact on Wine Quality: A Crucial Turning Point

The success of flowering plays a pivotal role in determining the quality and quantity of the grape harvest. Factors such as weather conditions during flowering, the presence of pollinators, and vine health can influence fruit set and subsequent grape development.

Optimal flowering conditions, characterized by mild temperatures, low humidity, and minimal rainfall, tend to result in uniform fruit set and a better number of grape clusters per vine. Conversely, adverse weather events such as frost, high winds, or heavy rains during flowering can disrupt pollination and lead to poor fruit set, affecting both yield and wine quality.

Variability Across Vineyards

It’s important to note that flowering can vary not only from year to year but also from vineyard to vineyard and even within the same vineyard. Microclimatic differences, soil composition, vineyard orientation, and grape variety all contribute to the timing and success of flowering.

Winemakers closely monitor flowering progress, as it provides valuable insight into the potential yield and quality of the upcoming vintage. Adjustments in vineyard management practices, such as canopy management, irrigation, and cover crops, may be implemented to optimize conditions for grape development post-flowering.

Looking Ahead

As the delicate flowers of the grapevine give way to nascent clusters of grapes, the vineyard becomes a canvas for the attentive winemaker. Flowering signifies not only the continuation of the winemaking journey but also the embodiment of nature’s resilience and creativity.

For winemakers, flowering is a time brimming with hope and potential, where each blossom holds the promise of future wines imbued with the essence of the land. It is a reminder of the profound interconnectedness between grapevines and their environment, weaving a narrative of harmony and reverence for the rhythms of nature.

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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