Vin Doux Naturel
With the perfect balance of body, sweetness, and acidity, our vin doux naturel has notes of cherry, licorice, and sarsaparilla.
BLEND: 100% Marquette
Cellardoor Estate Vineyard, Lincolnville, ME
WINEMAKER NOTES: Hand harvested at peak ripeness, we fermented our estate Marquette grapes on the skins for 3 days. To stop the fermentation, we used a unique method called mutage, where a pure grape originating spirit containing 95% alcohol is added to the must during fermentation. Doing so stops the fermentation process by killing the yeast, which in turn has two effects; this process increases the level of alcohol while allowing the finished wine to maintain a natural level of sweetness – hence the name Vin Doux Naturel. Popular on the Mediterranean coast of France, Maine-grown Marquette – with its high sugars and high acidity – is well suited to this winemaking style.
- Double Gold – 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition – 95 Points
- Gold – 2020 Critics Challenge 2019 (90 points)
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