The GCF Group has agreed to major investments in order to meet the challenges posed by global competition. From maturing the wine to its packaging, protecting the wine from oxidation is the watchword.
Once the wine has been accepted and unloaded, it is stored in a fermenting room, which is either devoted to the production of sparkling wines or reserved for still wines.
Filtration is the essential step that follows. Here a battery of tangential filters is aligned. They are among the most modern in Europe and able to treat up to 500 hl/hour.
Once they have been treated and filtered, the wines are transferred into a pre-racking fermenting room with a capacity of 23,000 hl, in other words 3 million bottles.
The operations are strictly controlled and recorded to guarantee perfect traceability.
The last step is the bottling of the wine: this takes place along four lines set up in an air-conditioned 15,000-m2 hall with a combined potential of 78,000 bottles/hour, namely 1.5 million bottles per day.
Designed to prevent oxidation and foaming of the wines during the filling process, the filler spouts preserve the freshness of the product under optimal conditions. In addition, the filling machines are equipped with a nitrogen flushing device for the bottle necks before they are corked for best conservation of the wines.
Positioned just after the filling machine, the “DYNAC” allows 7,000 bottles to be stored vertically. It thus helps to control flows by reducing the risks of breakage and noise annoyance.
All of these lines are equipped to package more than 60 different formats of glass or PET bottles, whether with corks, synthetic stoppers or screw tops.
Labellers are available for traditional or self-adhesive labels as needed.
Finally, once packaged and palletised, the wines are stored in air-conditioned halls before being shipped all over the world.
Since the 19th century, La Maison Calvet has been a key player in the Bordeaux wine-growing sector, a leader on many international markets.
Located right at the heart of Bordeaux, in the historic wine district - Les Chartrons - Calvet is today the only active Wine company established in the city. La Maison Calvet matures its prestigious vintages in the century-old cellars holding more than 6,000 barriques.
Today, Calvet is the 4th brand of Bordeaux wines in France and the 2nd in export.
Calvet Réserve is the oldest brand of Bordeaux wines matured in barriques.
Calvet Réserve 2003 obtained the gold medal at the Challenge International du Vin 2006. It was the only vintage wine that was awarded gold in this prestigious competition organised in BlayeBourg.
With more than 50 international medals, Calvet Réserve has become the benchmark in vintage wines.