Explore the World of Michael Shaps with RVWC!

August 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22240

Michael Shaps Wines is two wineries: one nestled in the woods south of Charlottesville & in the center of Meursault.

Originally founded in 2004 as Maison Shaps & Roucher-Serrazin, Michael Shaps took over ownership in 2012, changed the name to Maison Shaps, and focuses on producing high-end Burgundian wine. Continuing with the same philosophy, Maison Shaps is a small garage-iste winery producing less than 12,000 bottles per year from Burgundy’s finest appellations and vineyard sites. Michael puts the fruit first and works to create wines that truly express place.

Founded in 2007, Micheal Shaps Wines create complex wines with careful attention to the details of fine wine production in a traditional old-world style. Using natural yeast, the wines spend a significant amount of time in barrel prior to release. As an independent winery, we focus on quality and refined small-batch production. Michael crafts wines by choosing grape varieties that represent the potential of Virginia viticulture and to show that Virginia can create some of the finest wine in the world!

The Wines:

  • Bourgogne Aligote 2014: Located on the plain on the village side of Savigny-Les- Beaune, the site sits in the shadows of Corton Charlemagne. The grapes are hand picked and macerated on the skins for several hours to build texture and aroma. The juice is barrel fermented in neutral oak barrels.
  • Viognier 2016: These grapes were grown at Honah Lee and Adventure Farm Vineyards under Michael’s supervision in Virginia. 100% stainless steel, native yeast fermentation. The grapes were crushed, as we do in red winemaking, and left to soak on the skins for 12 hours to capture the essence of the grape. The result is richly textured, aromatic, and layered with the flavors of citrus, stone, and tropical fruits.
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014: The Pinot Noir is grown at two different sites in the Haute Cote de Beaune.  Both sites provide fresh red fruit notes and moderate structure.  It is fermented to full dryness on the skins with extended post fermentation maceration. The wine is aged in neutral oak for nine months prior to bottling.  They look to bring out bright red fruits with moderate tannins and to produce an easy approachable wine.
  • Tannat 2014: Their 2013 Tannat won a Gold medal at the 2016 Governor’s Cup wine competition. Michael believes that this grape varietal is up and coming in Virginia as it is well-suited to this climate and soil.  Tannat is the traditional grape of the Madiran region of France and Uruguay, where it is known to have heavy tannins and dark color. Come see what Virginia can do for with variety.explore


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