carbonic maceration



  • a method of making wine used mainly in the Beaujolais and Loire regions of France to produce light, fruity red wine that is designed to be drunk when young. In this method, whole grapes, with their stalks and without having been crushed, are fermented in a closed container to produce wine that is full-flavoured with a deep red colour and lots of fruit but that is low in tannin. In the usual method of making wine, the stalks are removed from the bunches of grapes and the grapes are then crushed and fermented without the stalks.