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Bordeaux winery supports new decanter bottle


Louis Rapin 2008 from Maison Blanche is the first French wine to be bottled in the revolutionary Martín Berasategui bottle.

The Spanish bottle manufacturer has worked with Maison Blanche (AOC Montagne Saint-Émilion) to launch the patented Martín Berasategui System, which will be demonstrated at this month’s packaging exhibition, Emballage, in Paris.

The MBS bottle acts as a decanter thanks to its special shape. A lower rim retains any sediments and impurities, preventing them from being poured out with the wine. The system negates the need for decanting at the winery, avoiding one of the most unnatural processes during the wine making and, therefore, “granting a bigger respect to the origin and nature of the wine”.

Louis Rapin 2008 is an all-natural, sulphite-free, Bordeaux ‘micro-wine’ produced from 65-year-old Merlot grapes, has been aged in new French oak barrels for two years. It will be available by the end of the year or early 2011 at RRP €45.

Nicolas Despagne Rapin says of the bottle shape: “This is the ideal bottle for enduring wines, it is a flame, it is a fire, a fine elegant woman.”

1 November 2010 - Felicity Murray