Tuesday, 13 April 2010

A great weekend!

The weather was incredible all weekend and perfect for the large annual antiques fair in the lovely village of Rauzan, situated just across the Dordogne river in Laithwaite Sauvignon Blanc territory. After a good few hours walking around the stalls at the fair we headed back for a light lunch of Cap Ferret oysters.

A light lunch because tonight Libby and I were booked into the La Poudette restaurant in the nearby village of Pujols. It’s a great restaurant run by husband and wife team Sophie and Frederic; the restaurant itself is a beautiful old house set in stunning gardens. I had a spring pea soup followed by veal whilst Libby opted for the foie gras salad and monk fish for main.

The wine menu is littered with local wines just waiting to be discovered and the 2005 Chateau du Bloy red from Montravel (famed for its dry whites) was a real find! So if you are in the Castillon area I truly recommend booking a table here.

This morning however started as last week left off with yet another official from the tank calibration finding more modifications to be made! I had to make a few calls and Franck from the vat builders was soon back on site welding on new ladder supports (that you can’t use unless your actually thinner than the ladder itself?!) and other various bits and bobs.

Finally a van arrived with the obligatory grumpy Monday Frenchman and various complicated pumps and flow meter machines began to fill the cellar to start the actual physical process of the calibration.

Only another 3 days of this to go…


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