Coteaux de Trumao is a small family winery localted at the begining of Patagonia. The winery is the project of 2 French brothers Christian and Olivier Porte who moved to Chile more than 30 years ago. At the beginning of the aughts they planted 2.5 hectares of Pinot Noir. After several vintages, Louis-Antoine Luyt vinified their grapes for them and Cruchon was born. Later Marcel Lapierre lent his guidance to the project and oversaw the planting of more Pinot Noir vines. Today, with the help of the Quentin Javoy, the Portes' have the privilege of creating the most southern Pinot Noir in all of Latin America.
Biodynamic 9 to 22 year old Pinot Noir vines in a mixture of Trumao (compacted volcanic sand) and Fluvial sand. 10 Hl/Ha. 2,000 bts produced annually. Hand harvested then the bunches are literally destemmed berry by berry. Fermented in large, old native barrels for one month. Malolactic fermentation happens while the berries are still intact resulting in a bright, non-intrusive carbonic maceration. No juice is extracted during the first 10 days. Then berries are gently stepped on 3 or 4 times throughout the fermentation in order to spread the heat and extract color without extracting tannins. The wine is then pressed with a very old wooden manual cage press. Each plot is separated in pipes of 225 liters. No Filtration - and the absolute minimal sulfites are added--and only under great duress.