2019 Vieux Chateau du Roi

May 2019 – I stopped in American Brewmaster yesterday to purchase oak cubes, as I decided to add a bit more oak to the merlot I started last week. An R J Spagnols kit — Vieux Chateau du Roi — was on clearance. Of course I had to buy it.

The date on the kit is 03/03/2016 … yeah, it’s 3 years old. The owner was honestly surprised at the date.

I’ve done kits that were 2 years old with excellent results, so I’ll take a chance on this one … at 25% off …

2019 Vieux Chateau du Roi

Kit R J Spagnols Grand Cru Vieux Chateau du Roi kit
Bentonite 30 g
Yeast Lalvin EC-1118
Oak oak chip infusion bag
Sulfite 4 g
Sorbate 5.5 g
Kieselsol 1 bag, size unspecified
Chitosan 125 ml

Method

As per instructions, put 1 cup hot water in a large cup and added the oak chip infusion bag.Added 3 cups hot tap water to the primary fermenter and sprinkled the bentonite on a bit at a time. This method is working great — no clumping.

Added contents of grape juice bag. Rinsed it with warm water and added to fermenter. Topped up to 5.5 gallons, as my per usual method. Stirred for 4 minutes with powered stirring rod, reversing direction every 30 seconds.

As per instructions, poured infusion bag into fermenter, then sprinkled yeast on top.

05/20/2019
SG 1.082
Racked into carboy. 05/28/2019
SG 1.002
Racked. Stirred for 4 minutes, reversing direction every 30 seconds.

Added sulfite and stirred 1 minute. Added kieselsol, stirred 1 minute. Waited 5 minutes then added chitosan, stirred 1 minute.

Like with my other reds, I”m skipping the sorbate as it’s unnecessary in a dry wine.

06/05/2019
SG 0.997
Racked. Added 1/4 tsp K-meta. Bottled. 09/06/2019
SG 0.996

Notes:

Yield 27 bottles
Alcohol 11.7%
05/21/2019 This kit is dated 03/03/2016 … so it’s 3 years old. I suppose I’m taking a chance on it, but it’s a good risk. The juice was bright purple and smelled great, so I have great expectations.
09/06/2019 The wine tasted great at bottling time. I think it’s going to be a fast ager, but that’s ok as it gives me something to drink while other wines are aging.
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Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....