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Description: Red Star Premier Cuvée (Davis 796), a strain of Saccharomyces bayanus from a French wine yeast, is a special isolate of Red Star Yeast & Products. This yeast has good tolerance to ethanol and free sulfur dioxide, and ferments to dryness. Premier Cuvée is noted as a very low producer of foam, urea, and fusel oils. It is recommended for reds, whites and especially champagne. This yeast is reported to perform well restarting stuck fermentations.
Reviewed By Leo Winemaker
I have one customer in the Central Coast which I respect who uses this yeast to good effect; especially with respect to its tolerance of extreme temperature changes between 30 and 90 F. It finishes fermentations, too.