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Lalvin CY3079 (Bourgoblanc)® For classic white Burgundy
Description: Lalvin CY3079 was selected by the BIVB with the objective of finding a yeast that would complement typical white Burgundy styles. CY3079 is a steady, average fermenter, especially at cold temperatures (13°C). Its fermentation finish is slow due to an early autolysis resulting in roundness. This yeast greatly benefits from using rehydration nutrients and complex yeast nutrients designed for use during fermentation. When properly fed, CY3079 has good alcohol tolerance (up to 15%) and is a low producer of VA and sulfides. It is recommended for barrel-fermented Chardonnay and sur lie aging. Chardonnays produced with CY3079 have rich, full mouthfeel and are characterized by aromas of fresh butter, almond, honey, white flowers and pineapple.Lallemand, isoloted from Burgundy. Description: Popular among Chardonnay winemakers, reportedly makes a fruity attribute in new wines. IS THIS THE BEST YEAST FOR FLAGSHIP CHARDONNAY WINEMAKERS? Click yes, no or mixed if you do not know.
Enologix has observed this yeast's use for a decade, beginning in the Napa Valley, with Chardonnay. And we recommended it for 2 - 3 years for experiments between Napa and Monterey and San Luis Obispo. We have never seen this yeast perform well with respect to producing "fat" in luxury Chardonnay wines.
Reviewed By Leo Winemaker
I have done extensive white WineFAX tracking of this yeast over 3-5 years, it is very popular, but at the end of the day cannot recommend this yeast ever to any customers. It is a poor producer of Essential Oils in comparison to many other yeast.
Reviewed By Review Date
This is a poor yeast for making Chardonnay winemaking better.