Tuesday, 9 October 2012

An update from the harvest

Quite a whirlwind couple of weeks, so here is quick round up of what’s been going on in France.

The XV du Président red harvest was in full swing in Maury and the young, partially fermented musts are already showing some stunning deep colours!  The winery was pretty busy down in the Roussillon with the spaghetti-like hoses covering the floor.

Later on in the week we pressed the Vent de Folie Grenache, Carignan and Syrah at JC’s garage winery. As usual, it’s a step back in time when Papy’s old press comes out! His son Axl also got involved, although JC doesn’t want him to follow in his and his father’s footsteps. Sad but true. Anyway, he comes back from his Pompier studies in Paris. Nice to see three generations on the old press!

Back in Bordeaux and the first staff trip was waiting for a Chai tour and tasting. Great to meet so many of our colleagues and put faces to names. It’s also a fantastic opportunity  to meet colleagues  from the international offices and we were delighted to welcome Ela from Poland and Craig from the US this time round.  We had a lovely dinner organised by Libby and cooked by our own queen of harvest lunches, Bernadette!

The red harvest has now started in Castillon and Laithwaite’s were in full force to start picking at Henry’s Château La Verniotte. My mum and dad also flew in to give a hand with the picking!

It’s not going to be the easiest of harvests this year in Bordeaux, so careful selection is needed before the berries are sent to the vat for fermentation.

With harvest also comes harvest lunches and Bernadette was in fine form making a lovely pork stew to get the ball rolling.

The second staff trip arrived and Libby put on a magnificent dinner in Le Chai Dordogne cellar.

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