French wine takes a dunking for its own good

12th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

SAINT-MALO, France, June 12, 2006 (AFP) - In an unusual experiment, an association of French wine-lovers is testing the effects of the sea-tide to see if it can improve the quality of choice vintages.

SAINT-MALO, France, June 12, 2006 (AFP) - In an unusual experiment, an association of French wine-lovers is testing the effects of the sea-tide to see if it can improve the quality of choice vintages.

On Monday 600 bottles of Chateau Maucamp 2001 from Haut-Medoc were brought to the surface after spending a year at a depth of 15 metres in the waters off the Brittany port of Saint-Malo, which are renowned for their strong tides.

At the same time 600 bottles of Domaine de Bablut 2003 — an Anjou wine — were lowered in slatted wooden crates that allow the passage of undersea currents.

"The first time we did this was in 2003, and we have tasted the results. The difference between bottles which were immersed for a year and those which were not is very marked," said Yannick Heude, a leading Brittany sommelier.

"What we get is a wine that is younger and at the same time more complex. It is something to do with the way the water rubs over the bottles," he said.

Bottles which sold for EUR 11.5 before immersion will go for EUR 20 after their year under water, he said.

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