RQ 2017 Wine Kits – Available Now!
Each year our Restricted Quantities brand offers craft winemakers the opportunity to make truly outstanding wines from grapes grown in world-renowned winemaking regions. This year we bring you “Le Chateau Noblesse” —crafted from the original noble grapes of France—these are classic wines worthy of the most discerning wine cellar.
Craft winemakers often seek out new wine experiences from regions around the world. But no matter what other wines we fall in love with, like old friends, we always go back to the original noble varieties of France: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Our Winemaking R&D Support –Rachel Kvas, has combined the best quality French grape musts with specialized yeasts, oak and grape skins to create these four French classic wines especially for our 2017 RQ program.
See details about the RQ 2017 program below!
L’ÂGE DE L’ÉLÉGANCE
France Cabernet Sauvignon
Born of “accidental” breeding in 17th century France, L’âgede l’ Élégancehas inherited its flawless balance of subtlety and daring from its wildly rich parentage. Complex and concentrated with spice notes, red fruit and vanilla on the nose. This is a rich, full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long finish.
Food pairings: Braised Lamb, Short Ribs, Aged Gouda, Chocolate Cake
Release Date: December 2017
L’ÂGE DE LA GRÂCE
Centuries old, cultivated by French monks, and named for the village of Chardonnay, L’âgede la Grace is a wine that is both simple and regal.
Densely textured with a steely mineralityand creamy mouthfeel. This is an unoaked Chardonnay with notes of citrus, honey and melon on the palate, finishing with crisp green apples.
Food Pairings: Chicken in Cream Sauce, Pasta Primavera, Brie, Charcuterie
Release Date: January 2017
L’ÂGE DU LUXE
Named after the French bird Merlau, this late 17th century wine is the epitome of L’âgedu Luxe, known for being luxuriously ripe and soft.
Ruby red colourwith aromas of juicy blueberries and cherries on the nose. This luxurious wine features ripe cherries, blueberries, a touch of spice, and soft tannins on the palate.
Food Pairings: Roast Pork, Herbed Chicken, Mushroom Tart, Camembert
Release Date: February 2017
L’ÂGE DE LA VAILLANCE
France Sauvignon Blanc
Named from the French word “sauvage”, meaning “wild”, this valiant vine once grew wild in France. L’âgede la Vaillanceis refreshingly crisp and dry.
Pale lemon colour with pronounced aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberries. This classic wine is dry yet invigorating, with flavours of citrus and grassy notes on the palate.
Food Pairings: Grilled Fish or Seafood, Risotto, Vichyssoise, Goat cheese
Release Date: March 2017
Varietal Enhancing Yeasts in RQ 2017 Kits
After top quality must, yeast is the most important ingredient in our kits allowing you to craft flavourfuland complex wines. For RQ2017, we have chosen yeasts that will enhance the varietal character of the grapes to ensure your wine properly replicates the wines made in the famous winemaking regions of France.
During fermentation of grape juice, yeast produce small amounts of volatile compounds that contribute characteristics to a wine’s aromas and flavours. Some of the most important flavourcompounds are called esters, aldehydes and ketones. Advances in the understanding how yeast control the formation of these aroma compounds has lead to the development of new yeast strains which can alter or emphasize various aromatic notes in the wine.
Bourgovin RC 212
Used for our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this yeast was selected from fermentations produced in the Burgundy region of France by the Bureau interprofessionneldes vinsBourgogne (BIVB). It was specifically developed for red wine fermentations to enhance varietal character by emphasizing ripe berry and fruit aromas. It also promotes good colourstability and extraction.
Used for our France Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, this yeast is a Cotes du Rhone isolate from Suze-la-Rousse, France. It was first selected for its ability to produce quality full-bodied, barrel fermented Chardonnays and other white varietals. It is strongly recommended as a top quality yeast for white fermentations as it enhances varietal character, accentuating fruit character, and it gives the wine great volume.
For our France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Quercus Robur
Wine is aged together with wood to enhance the flavour, aroma and complexity of the wine through the extraction of substances from the wood into the wine. French Oak is very popular for oak aging premium wines because it is known to impart more subtle flavoursand firmer, but silkier tannins than other oaks. French oak is renowned because, unlike other oaks, its flavouris not overtly “oaky”, but instead can be described as slightly spicy with overtones of toasted almonds.
QuercusRobur, the oak from which the French oak chips are made in the RQ2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot kits, is a species of white oak which is most famously grown in the Limousinforest of Central France.
Dried Grape Skins
For our France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: GenuWineWinery Dried Grape Skins
GenuWine Winery Grape Skins are made through a patented process of gently drying crushed whole grape skins to retain original colourand nutritional integrity. The skins are processed to maximize colourand flavourextraction so that all their goodness can be extracted in a five or six day fermentation period.
Grape skins will add smooth tannins, robust colourand rich aromas to your red wines, making them more complex and fuller-bodied. These bigger, bolder red wines will drink well while still young, but the goodness from the skins will also continue to enhance the flavourof the wine when aged.