A signature wine is one that rescues the particular label, style and passion of its creator, who directs with his own hands all stages from the vine to the glass. In France back in the 1980s, was born the concept of wines from garage, whose name is explained by treating elaborations on a very small scale and without the facilities of a winery dedicated to the production of large volumes of wine. Conceptually, a garage wine can pair with a tailored suit. That is, choosing only the best grapes from vineyards with very low yields, harvested by hand, on the same day and under the best possible weather conditions. It is a process on a small scale and high precision.
They tend to be concentrated and complex wines although, generally speaking, hard-drinking in his youth due to its tannin load. The name garage wine is not an official category in France, where the term micro-cuvee is used to refer to exclusive wines produced in quantities of just 400 to 1500 cases per year, from of vineyards of no more than 6 hectares. Historically, the first wine of this type was the Chateau Le Pin, produced for the first time more than 20 years ago with 2 hectares of vines in Pomerol. Although the first famous wine under the name of garage wine was Chateau Valandraud, produced in St. Emilion in barely 1.5 hectares. In United States, them is known as cult wines since they acquire as luxury objects or works of art.
There are about 12 tags of this type of wines, mainly based on Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly in the region of Napa Valley, in California. Sold for list since its production is very low and very high demand. His reputation of being as delicious as rare, have become true collector’s items coming to compete in auctions of connoisseurs by over thousand dollars the bottle.