Racked the six week Vieux Chateau du Roi, similar to Chateauneuf-de-Pape, this evening. I’d like to take extra special care with this wine, well.. just because. Actually, there are a few reasons that come to mind.
I also stabilized it and added Isinglass for clarification. I noted that there was quite a bit of CO2 in the wine, so I spent some time degassing it with my handy dandy Fizz-X device. After five minutes, there was in my opinion, a lot of foam on the top as the CO2 began rising.
The reasons I want to take care with this? This wine variety holds special meaning, to me. I’d also like to send a bottle of it to someone who knows why it holds special meaning, and I want it to be very good.
It will be very drinkable when I bottle it in another two or three weeks, but I’m counting on it getting much better with some ageing.
I may purchase another kit just so that I can bulk age for a longer period of time.