MS Topic of the Week 9/10/19 - Advanced

Hawkes Bay education from and last post. Thanks!

This week: Microbullage

What is this winemaking technique and what purpose does it serve?

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  • Patrick Ducournau, a winemaker in Madiran, pioneered this technique to soften the heavy tannins of Tanat.  The technique is to release a small, steady stream of oxygen into the barrels to soften very tannic wines and make them much more approachable.  In my mind's eye, I always see an aquarium pump slowly bubbling air into the water.