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• Bacteria, not blending, brings complexity to wine

Bacteria, not blending, brings complexity to wine

Complexity in wine is a function of soil bacteria and not winemaking, according to Michel Chapoutier. Defending his decision to make his Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac and Croix de Bois purely from Grenache, he stated, when speaking at the first trade tasting of his 2011s, “Complexity is coming from the blending of bacteria in the soils… I […]