Monday, 25 October 2010

We have all now fully recovered from Friday night’s ‘Gerberbaude’, the name for the official end of harvest party

We all celebrated ours at Le Comptoir in St.Genes and it was a fabulous night with 130 winemakers and owners attending.

Bottled a little beauty this morning and a steal for the price, the 2009 Chateau Bellevue Favereau Bordeaux - another little find we made from tasting at Le Chai.

Whilst I was out and about I decided to start the rounds at Bertrand Massonie’s chateau where we make our Grand Chai Lalande de Pomerol. I checked the 08 for bottling next week (a really lovely wine), the 09 in barrels (still needs time) and tasted through the 2010, still on skins in vats, great fruit this year, and again like 09, the satellites such as Lalande de Pomerol will be bargain wines!

After doing the right bank red rounds I finally ended up at the Chai to taste through all the whites and with our Southern whites and reds harvested and almost finished (bar one naughty young vine Grenache ferment!) the Chai cellar is now back to full strength with Maitena from Spain, James from NZ and of course our own Petit Denis.

Which reminds me, Petit Denis says ‘he knows a bloke who found a German Soldier skeleton in the Dordogne and that the whole top of the skull had been repaired after a shell attack with a metal plate…….’

Anyway back to the wine, most of the ferments are now dry except the Marsanne and the Chardo from Limoux which were picked the last. We are now busy confirming that the wines are sugar dry by analysis and then adding some sulphur to protect the wine before putting into barrels and beginning the daily task of rolling and stirring. With 500 barrels to roll and stir it is quite a task and seems to never end!

Tomorrow I will be doing the 2010 Laithwaite Sauvignon rounds with James, but tonight I will trying out the 2009 Chateau Bellevue Favereau with roast organic guinea fowl.


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