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September 2003
Delestage
An Attempt to Balance Flavor and Finish
by Dr. Tom Cottrell
Delestage is a great French word, pronounced 'del-ess-TAHJ,' meaning a specific fermentation management process for red wine. It is also known as "rack and return." Originally aimed at shortening the time for red wine to reach the market, delestage certainly moves the wine in the right direction, but not all the way. However, extended maceration, also aiming at faster maturity, could work with delestage and standard fermentation manipulations to achieve not only a wine ready for market early, bu...
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