A fungal infection. The Brettanomyces fungus can originate in the vineyard but some wineries are chronically contaminated, the organism living in oak barrels or even on the wooden structure of the winery itself. As a consequence the wines from this vineyard can bear a Brett profile – farmyardy, horsy, sometimes metallic aromas – year after year. Examples of châteaux which are renowned for Brett contamination are Beaucastel (Châteauneuf du Pape, Rhône Valley) and Talbot (St Julien, Bordeaux).

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