All wines are blends: of terroir, of technique, of time. The 2014-2016 Vinifera Euromaster class made its own blend: of 32 unique enology and viticulture students, from 20 distant countries, with 3 different varietals: Marselan, Syrah, and Petit Verdot.
Like the students themselves, the cuvée is robust, colorful, and a little raw. It promises abundant aromas of red berries and grey pepper on the nose and complex flavors of spiced fruit and black cherry in the mouth.
Labeled with the word “wine” in more than a dozen different languages represented in the class, the cuvée was blended, packaged and promoted according to the character of this year’s cohort.
And while a quality wine is the end product, it is not the only end result. The ultimate aim of the project was to establish a student-owned legacy of yearly vintages, both as a promotional item for the Vinifera Euromaster program and a revenue generator for the independent Vinifera Euromaster Graduate Association.
VEGA is grateful for its institutional relationships with the EMaVE Consortium, Montpellier SupAgro, Institut des Hautes Études de la Vigne et du Vin, and Domaine de Chapitre. It is hoped the Vinifera Cuvée will be an institutional cornerstone - each vintage linking partner to partner, cohort to cohort, student to student – a stream of income, a sense of identity, a source of pride.
Cuvée Pinot Noir 2011
On 2nd October, The MSc Vinifera Euromaster Students were in Ispagnac to analyse grapes from the vineyard Gabalie and pack 300 bottles labelled "Cuvée Pinot Noir Vinifera" from Domaine de Gabalie in the presence of the vineyard owner.
Sylvain Gachet, first winemaker setting up in the Gorges du Tarn in 2003. This wine Pinot Noir was selected out of 15 wine samples from Languedoc-Roussillon (South France) by students trained to become experts in the International Wine sector.
cf newspaper article of Midi Libre (7/10/2013)
- Rootstock: 3309, 161-49
- Density: 7300 / ha, in "Guyot simple", Yield: 25 Hl / ha
- Rocky, very draining argillo-calcareous soil
- Exposure: South with steep slope (20 to 30 %); Méso-climat of altitude (600 m) with Mediterranean influence, on the banks of the Tarn
Wine making in stainless tank with pigeage twice a day, vatting 10 days
Oaked 18 months in barrels from Burgundy (2 to 5 wines)
Tasting comment by our team : Prof A Deloire, Prof B Holzhapfel, Prof L Torregrosa and P Lallemand, Wagga Wagga, Australia, nov 2013.
This Pinot Noir has a nice intense colour, with a shiny purple note.
It has an elegant nice red fruit nose, with some refreshing forest notes, fine liquorice and old leather flavors, with a final delicate aroma of vanilla.
Mouth feel shows a good balance between acidity and a complex silky tannin structure.
In the mouth, the typical balance of forest mature berries underlines fine blackberry jam and cherry liqueur.
The wine concludes with the complexity of the overall impression.
Very pleasant to drink from now to the next 2-3 years, its potential will be enhanced by putting it in a carafe and by serving it at a temperature of 16-18° C.
To be matched with duck (confit or cooked with oranges) or with game (faisan, perdrix…), or fine cheese (bethmale, cantal, St Nectaire …).
The MSc Vinifera Euromaster is supported by the international consortium EMaVe
and coordinated by the Institute of Higher Education in Vine and Wine of Montpellier SupAgro. This multidisciplinary training, fully taught in English, combines economic and management courses in agronomy, wine on the vine and wine.
The first year takes place in France in Montpellier SupAgro
(La gaillarde campus) and Bordeaux Sciences Agro
and the second year in one of the partner institutions of the consortium (six universities in Europe
and 12 non-European partners
Approved by the Erasmus Mundus program in 2010, the UNESCO Chair "Tradition and wine culture"
in 2011, the UNESCO Chair "World Food Systems"
in 2012 and 2013 by ASIIN, international accrediting agency
for engineering programmes, computer sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.
Vinifera Euromaster has a growing reputation among students around the world since 2007. The Batch "Pinot Noir"
is composed of 33 students from 22 different nationalities: Germany, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, USA, China, India, Israel, Lebanon.
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