Pure Cotarellaism

Uncompromising quality management in the vineyard and the most painstaking work in the cellar: that’s what Dr Riccardo Cotarella stands for. The oenological advisor and co-designer of the Château sees quality as the top priority.

Pure Cotarellaism

Uncompromising quality management in the vineyard and the most painstaking work in the cellar: that’s what Dr Riccardo Cotarella stands for. The oenological advisor and co-designer of the Château sees quality as the top priority.

The fine art of quality

Intensive manual care of vines and soil, strict yield limitations by letting only the healthiest grapes come to maturity, analytical tests and sampling before the harvest, and oak barrels only from the best coopers in France – the Wine Magician leaves nothing to chance in his pursuit of the highest wine quality.

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Ambassadors of the Southwest French Wine Landscape

The wines of "Comte de Thun" are ambassadors of the southwest French wine landscape. In style, they are clearly different from the other wines of the region that exist today - at the same time they are quite typical for the region. After all, they represent the "Terroir Gaillac" and the vinological success era of the "Vin de Coq" and bring great wines back to life.

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Analytical tests and samples

Before the wine harvest takes place from the end of September to the end of October, Mr Cotarella and Mr Caporro use analytical tests and samples to ensure that the grapes’ components are well balanced and that the tannins are ripe. Only then, they fix the exact time for the harvest, for each grape variety and for each plot of land individually. In addition, the grapes are fermented separately from each other, so that every varietal wine reflects the different aspects of its plot of origin: the soil, the microclimate and of course the grape variety. Afterwards, the wines are left to age in selected barriques from the best French coopers. The highest imperative of vinification for the two visionaries is that the wines should express unmistakably the elegant and fruit-centred style of the individual grape variety grown on the Comte de Thun terroir. Only after long aging do the wines finally arrive in the market, fully ready to drink.

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The high quality of wines…

The high quality of wines being produced at Comte de Thun depends on an uninterrupted sequence of important decisions being made in the vineyard. This includes for example reducing the yield: throughout the whole year, the vines are constantly being thinned in order to maximise the quality of the harvest. The yield per hectare of the cru wines is around 25 hectolitres.