Exceptional cellars

      Wine cellars under the Citadel:



Grafé Lecocq has exceptional cellars at disposal under the Citadel of Namur where it ages its wines: 90 % relative humidity, preventing the wines from drying out, and a constant temperature of 11°, protecting the wines from any fluctuations. Capacity for 1200 French oak barrels, whose renewal is guaranteed every 5 years..

In these cellars, the time spent in the oak barrels will allow the wine, still in its potential state, to stabilise naturally and reveal its own character and terroir, owing to the fact that this wine assimilates oxygen through the barrel’s oak staves slowly and indirectly. The flavours develop, the sharp tannins become softer, and the wine becomes balanced.

While in the barrel, clarification of the wine takes place through the natural sedimentation of the lees, sometimes helped by a fining.

At the end of the process, the wines are bottled and then stored in storage cellars.


The advantages of Grafé Lecocq:
  • Exceptional cellars with constant conditions: temperature 11°C, 90 % relative humidity.
  • The use of extremely gentle work methods for the wine: for instance, fining better protects the density and the aromatic potential of a wine, compared with filtering that will thin down the wine.
  • The guarantee that ageing is systematically applied to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone Valley wines. This process isn’t only reserved for “Grands Crus”. Many “Vins de Pays” (Merlot, Syrah grapes) also benefit from it, according to the same criteria.
  • A traditional approach, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
 

     The storage cellars under the Cathedral and the Law Courts:





All the photos above were taken in our own cellars, either the aging cellars beneath the Citadel or the storage cellars beneath Namur Cathedral.
 
A wine, especially with “appellation d’origine contrôlée” (AOC) certification, needs time to develop once it has been bottled. Some wines even require several years to fully reveal themselves.

Wines are stored in the storage cellars under the Cathedral and the Law Courts of Namur once they have been bottled. The bottles are carefully stored in the cellars that extend along the 500 metres of corridors.

Here too, the environment offers perfect naturally constant conditions. The wines are kept in this ideal environment until the day before they are delivered to the customer.

The advantages of Grafé Lecocq:
  • Constant temperature and relative humidity, ventilation, little light, bottles are stored horizontally until the day before they are shipped to the customer.
  • The considerable stock is allowing mature wine to be available when a customer places an order: for instance, several wines of the best appellations older than 10 years, from the best vintage years, that are almost impossible to find on the market.
  • The guarantee that aging is systematically applied to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone Valley wines. This process isn’t simply reserved for “Grands Vins”. Many “vins de pays” (Merlot, Syrah grapes) also benefit from it, according to the same criteria.
  • A traditional approach, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.
 
   
   

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