Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Mini Grand Chai Bordeaux 2008

The bottling of the new 2008 Grand Chai Bordeaux got underway early this morning and we started off with some cute little half bottles.

Once everything was running smoothly it was back to the Chai to meet the welders who are now finishing the catwalks that enables us to access and work safely high up on the vat tops. Franck is quite an artist and has made lovely curved railings that fit lovely in with the rounded vats.

We are also racking the 2009 La Voute Chardonnay from Limoux at the Chai today. This is the first time it has been moved from barrel since way back last September. It’s so satisfying to at last taste all the individual barrels finally blended together. The wine has been quietly waiting and as soon as there is some movement, the Chai fills with an incredible aroma of tropical fruits!

The weather has been quite extraordinary today with 30 degree heat here in Castillon! The vines are lapping it up and the shoots are motoring upwards.

Quite a journey ahead tomorrow as I have a long drive right across central France to the northern part of the Rhône Valley to load our Chai Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu and transport it to the Chai!


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