Each year our Restricted Quantities brand offers craft winemakers the opportunity to make truly outstanding wines from grapes grown in world-renowned winemaking regions.
This year we bring you “Le Château Noblesse” —crafted from the original noble grapes of France—these are classic French wines worthy of the most discerning wine cellar. Craft winemakers often seek out new wine experiences from regions around the world. But no matter what other wines we fall in love with, like old friends, we always go back to the original noble varieties of France: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Our suppliers Winemaking R&D team has combined the best quality French grape musts with specialized varietal enhancing yeasts (new to these kits!), French oak and GenuWine Winery Dried grape skins, to create these four classic French wines especially for our 2017 RQ program.
L’age de l’Elegance – France Cabernet Sauvignon – Release date December 2016
Born of “accidental” breeding in 17th century France, L’âge de l’ Élégance has inherited its flawless balance of subtlety and daring from its wildly rich parentage. Complex and concentrated with spice notes, red fruit and vanilla on the nose. This is a rich, full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long finish.
M | F | D (medium oak, full bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Braised Lamb, Short Ribs, Aged Gouda, Chocolate Cake
L’âge de la Grace – France Chardonnay – Release date January 2017
Centuries old, cultivated by French monks, and named for the village of Chardonnay, L’âge de la Grace is a wine that is both simple and regal. Densely textured with a steely minerality and creamy mouthfeel. This is an unoaked Chardonnay with notes of citrus, honey and melon on the palate, finishing with crisp green apples.
U | M | D (unoaked, medium bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Chicken in Cream Sauce, Pasta Primavera, Brie, Charcuterie
L’âge du Luxe – France Merlot – Release Date February 2017
Named after the French bird Merlau, this late 17th century wine is the epitome of L’âge du Luxe, known for being luxuriously ripe and soft. Ruby red colour with aromas of juicy blueberries and cherries on the nose. This luxurious wine features ripe cherries, blueberries, a touch of spice, and soft tannins on the palate.
M | M | D (medium oak, medium bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Roast Pork, Herbed Chicken, Mushroom Tart, Camembert
L’âge de la Vaillance – France Sauvignon Blanc – Release Date March 2017
Named from the French word “sauvage”, meaning “wild”, this valiant vine once grew wild in France. L’âge de la Vaillance is refreshingly crisp and dry. Pale lemon colour with pronounced aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberries. This classic wine is dry yet invigorating, with flavours of citrus and grassy notes on the palate.
U | L | D (unoaked, light bodied, dry) Food Pairings: Grilled Fish or Seafood, Risotto, Vichyssoise, Goat cheese
The RQ 2017 Order Process
All RQ2017 releases will only be available for pre-order from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1. Officially, the RQ program will be closed to orders on November 2nd and the supplier then takes our order to manufacture only enough kits to fulfill the quantity ordered. We strongly suggest to our customers that they get their requests in early to guarantee delivery of their chosen wines. Grape & Grain will usually order a few spares, but sometimes these all get bought up early. there is no certainty you will get your kit after November 2nd.
When each of the RQ kits is released, one a month from December through March, the kits will automatically ship to stores where they will be available for pick up or In-Store production. We will contact you as soon as they arrive (usually between the 7th and 15th of the month).
2016-2017 marks the 1st year that the RQ’s can be made for you right here. Why not let our In-Store Winemaking facility be the birthplace of these awesome new wines? It’s easy and convenient.
Pricing on the RQ kits is as follows:
Purchase any 1 kit – Price is $140 each
Purchase any 2 or 3 kits – Price is $135 each – Mix and match and save $5 on each kit.
Purchase any 4 kits or more – Price is $130 each – Mix and match and save $10 on each kit.
All kits come with unique labels to identify your wine and the vintage. Shrink tops will also be included.
In-Store Winemaking Bonus – Each RQ kit brewed in house will earn you a $20 gift certificate valid towards your next (non RQ) kit brewed in house. Make all 4 kits and you will earn $80, which you can combine to essentially get a 5th kit for free.
French Oak – For the France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Quercus Robur Wine is aged together with wood to enhance the flavour, aroma and complexity of the wine through the extraction of substances from the wood into the wine. French Oak is very popular for oak aging premium wines because it is known to impart more subtle flavours and firmer, but silkier tannins than other oaks. French oak is renowned because, unlike other oaks, its flavour is not overtly “oaky”, but instead can be described as slightly spicy with overtones of toasted almonds.
Quercus Robur, the oak from which the French oak chips are made in the RQ2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot kits, is a species of white oak which is most famously grown in the Limousin forest of Central France.
Dried Grape Skins – For the France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins GenuWine Winery Grape Skins are made through a patented process of gently drying crushed whole grape skins to retain original colour and nutritional integrity. The skins are processed to maximize colour and flavour extraction so that all their goodness can be extracted in a five or six day fermentation period. Grape skins will add smooth tannins, robust colour and rich aromas to your red wines, making them more complex and fuller-bodied. These bigger, bolder red wines will drink well while still young, but the goodness from the skins will also continue to enhance the flavour of the wine when aged.
Varietal Enhancing Yeast – After top quality must, yeast is the most important ingredient in our kits allowing you to craft flavourful and complex wines. For RQ2017, special yeasts have been chosen that will enhance the varietal character of the grapes to ensure your wine properly replicates the wines made in the famous winemaking regions of France.
During fermentation of grape juice, yeast produce small amounts of volatile compounds that contribute characteristics to a wine’s aromas and flavours. Some of the most important flavour compounds are called esters, aldehydes and ketones. Advances in the understanding how yeast control the formation of these aroma compounds has lead to the development of new yeast strains which can alter or emphasize various aromatic notes in the wine.
Yeasts in RQ2017 kits – For our France Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot: Bourgovin RC 212 This yeast was selected from fermentations produced in the Burgundy region of France by the Bureau interprofessionnel des vins Bourgogne (BIVB). It was specifically developed for red wine fermentations to enhance varietal character by emphasizing ripe berry and fruit aromas. It also promotes good colour stability and extraction.
For our France Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc: ICV D47 This yeast is a Cotes du Rhone isolate from Suze-la-Rousse, France. It was first selected for its ability to produce quality full-bodied, barrel fermented Chardonnays and other white varietals. It is strongly recommended as a top quality yeast for white fermentations as it enhances varietal character, accentuating fruit character, and it gives the wine great volume.