Dale Williams wrote:From description it sounds like no electricity in outbuilding? How far from an outlet? What are current materials for walls of outbuilding?
I would definitely not depend on passive cellar above ground if 90 degree F temps are a possibility.
Insulate a section of outbuilding very heavily (R60?) and install a small portable AC unit. I know AC is much less common in France, but could still get a small unit for 100-120 euros probably. As long as you kept peak temps around 70 (21 or so celsius) I'd have no fears for the vast majority of wine
Any chance of digging down in outbuilding? Are floors dirt? If you could dig down and maybe pour concrete for walls, I'm betting a significant heat sink. Most Bordeaux chai are semi-sunken structures.
How long do cold spells last? If you have weeks with average temps below freezing, one cold night with temps at -10C/14F could conceivably get wine (I think depending on ABV freeze point will be 18-24 F) to freeze, compromising cork.
I think best solution is a big WLDG party in Normandy.
Thomas wrote:I'd say that Dale's final sentence is the one to act upon. When's the party???
Mark S wrote:Thomas wrote:
Tim, could I ask you why you moved?
Dale Williams wrote:I'm surprised that house doesn't have cellar- sounds like there is enough freeze/thaw cycle that basements would be useful. Is it the norm in the area?
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