Thursday, 27 October 2011

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Last Friday and Saturday we had our annual Laithwaites show in our brilliant flagship store 'the Arch.' Another great success, with 1300 customers visiting to enjoy our wines, experience the taste tunnel and sample the wares of various food stands.

I left London by train very early Monday morning to catch the red eye BA flight to Bordeaux. Arriving on time, I made a quick stop off at Le Chai to check and taste the wines. Then I hopped back in the car and drove down to the Midi to meet Maitena at the Midi winemakers’ house in Peyriac de Mer near Narbonne.

Another early start on Tuesday and a winding drive to Fitou where ferments are now finished and MLF has started. There are some lovely wines made this year with the old vine Carignan standing out.

We continued once again through Fitou, the Corbières and up and over into the Maury valley to taste the XV du President vats. With some rainfall this year 2011 is certainly a real 'Grenache Year', the best since 2007. We were also lucky to taste some old Maury fortified wines: the '74, '75, '76, '77, '78, '79 and '80 all superb!

I lunched in Maury with Vent de Folie grower Jean-Charles and old friend Daniel Laffite at le Pichenouille - the new eating hub of the village. It’s always a good opportunity to taste wines from some of the other winemakers in the village.

We continued the Tour de Midi and arrived late in Peyriac. Early night as I am meeting the JMS back in Bordeaux tomorrow morning!

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