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Biodynamic calendar 2015

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A good start and a good end for the week but the middle of the week is leaf so Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are not best for opening a good bottle of wine. Monday and Tuesday are both flower days so why not go for a fragrant Sauvignon Blanc wine such as our wonderful sauvignon from Touraine. Vignoble Gibault makes a really intense wine which you can pair with seafood, vegetarian dishes or with goat’s cheese. Saturday and Sunday are both fruit days so for a great wine over the weekend why not try our Pinot Noir from the Hautes Cotes de Beaune AOP. A great wine with chicken or turkey dishes.

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Sensitive Crystallization

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Sensitive Crystallization

Sensitive crystallization is a process for creating a profile or image of a product beyond its chemical analysis. It is an attempt to capture its own personal profile or life image created by Ehrenfreid Pfeiffer, a student of biodynamics’ founder Rudolph Steiner. The process is simple, a solution of copper chloride is added to the product concerned – in this case wine – and the resulting solution is left to crystallize in a glass petrie dish in a controlled laboratory – no external, sounds, smells or other influences – for 24 hours. The results are then analysed for their form.

Professionals will take many samples of the same product to make sure they have a reproducible and interpretable image; in the cases of our merlot all images taken by the lab were similar to this one hence it’s deemed reliable. You will find much talk about sensitive crystallisation on the internet and many sceptics just like with biodynamics but the proof is in experience. If you don’t buy into biodynamics I encourage you to look at the proof

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Jeremy and his pink wine

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I see in the paper that Jeremy Clarkson has a liking for wine. Great. Apparently his favourite pink tipple is from Chateau Leoube in the south of France. It is owned by JCB owner Lord Bamford. It says that the Bamfords are part of Clarkson’s Chipping Norton set in Oxfordshire which also includes our Prime Minister David Cameron. Wow isn’t he a lucky man. Lady B says of Clarkson’s chosen tipple that he has great taste. Chateau Leoube is also sold by the magnum which may be part of the appeal so says the paper. Nothing wrong with Sud de France Pink wine in my book. Certainly better than Clarkson’s choice of red and white wines from down under. Stick to french wines Jeremy. There’s less food (drink) miles and therefore more environmentally friendly!

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Celtic Frappe

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Here is our fourth cocktail from our friends from Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey. As you might expect they have some great ideas on how to enjoy the taste of their aged whiskeys. Joann Spiegel from the award winning Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City has got some awesome cocktail recipes so here goes with the first one  here on gfwineblog. Superdooper.

No 91 in our list of cocktail recipes:

Celtic Frappe

2 oz.s Celtic Honey Liqueur

1 oz.  lime juice

3/4 oz. Dolin BLANC 

1/4 oz. Pernod Pastis

1/2 oz. orange sherbet

Dash Peychauds bitters

Garnish Orange peel 

Add ingredients to shaker tin and fill with ice.

Shake and double strain into

Old fashioned glass and fill with crushed ice.

Express orange oils over glass.

Garnish with peel. 

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The Chenin Blanc grape berries affected by the Noble rot

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No 7 in my tasting of the wines at the Angers Wine Fair this year

Domaine de Noels

My tasting this week was a 2011 Coteaux du Layon Village/Faye dessert wine. It won a gold medal at the Angers Wine Fair this year. Eric Bazantay and Jean-Michel Garnier at Domaine de Noels make wine in Faye d’Anjou in the heart of the Anjou appellation with 26 hectares of vines in the Coteaux du Layon, Cabernet d’Anjou, Crémant de Loire, Anjou Villages appellation areas.

The estate vineyards are mainly located on the hillside of Christmas, facing south. This promotes early growth and allows the grapes to reach full maturity ready for the harvest.

The soils here are clay-slate dominant giving the wines a quality that reflects the appellation.
The balance of adapting the farming methods to the land and the respect of the land and the environment allows the domaine to produce quality wines.

The chenin blanc berries for the Coteaux du Layon wines are manual harvested in 3 or 4 passes through the vineyard with careful selection of only the noble rot berries when they are fully desiccated. The berries are pressed very slowly and the fermentation is allowed only to occur very slowly at low temperature. The wine is matured for 6-8 months in tanks.

The Coteaux du Layon Faye is a great sweet from the best slopes of Faye d’Anjou. It is a wine with a powerful nose, complex aromas of candied fruit. In mouth it is full and rich; and remarkably long aftertaste.

I suggest it is served at around  8 to 10 ° C as a very pleasant aperitif as I did or with a good foie gras. You may also drink it with a sweet dessert.

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Loire 2014 vintage

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The 2014 wine vintage in the Loire valley France has proved to be a good one generally with the late sunshine in September, although there will inevitably be some producers who picked too early and left the berries too unripe with stringent tannins.  I tasted over 200 wines from the 2014 vintage at the Angers wine fair in February and a goodly number had picked too early probably because of the worry of the berries rotting if left on the vine. You might have said that I was a little early with my opinion and the hopes for the vintage but I said back in August 2014 lets look at the facts to date. Don’t forget that the vintage each year relates to everything that happens from the winter onwards (maybe sooner – that’s a separate question). The winter was mild and the spring also mild with not too much wind and rain. We had therefore a good start which dictates the bud development from pruning and the flowering in June. The bud formation was good with little damage from the cold and wet weather so little loss of buds and therefore a good idea on how much bunch development we can expect. Development had been about the norm for this region and in June we had the flowering of the berries. Again it was pretty good with good development and with little damage. With the bud formation allowing full development we had a chance of full yield allowance. In Anjou we had some hail in June so there has been some damage to the bunch development. From the spring the weather had been variable and in some areas quite wet whilst in others we  had some warmth and sunshine. So it was a mixed bag as ever in the Loire but thankfully we retained some good weather in the latter half of the season and a good harvest with ripe berries was forthcoming although there was that difficult decision late on about when to harvest particularly with the red grapes. They need to be ripe otherwise the tannins will be harsh and bitter and so will the wine when drunk. As ever it is only the best wine makers who will shine with their vintages in 2014.

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12 bottle dinner date mixed case

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My 12 bottle Dinner Date mixed case

12 Bottle Case
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saving £52

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A bit of a mixed picture this week for when to pick the right day to open a good bottle of wine. So to start the week Monday would be a good day as its flower so I would pick a nice bottle of fresh Chenin blanc. You may not know the grape variety chenin but it an absolute must if you are eating shellfish and seafood in general. Its a definite must with oysters and if you are not an oyster fan then mussels. The classic is moule mariniere cooked in white wine, finely chopped shallots and parsley. So its in with some chenin blanc when cooking the mussels and a glass of crisp dry chenin to drink. What can be better. Why not try our Domaine de L’Enchantoir. Its a saumur appellation wine from the best area of the Loire valley where the vines grow on solid limestone locally called tuffeau. I would wait until Thursday after 2pm when its a fruit day before opening something that might pair with a mid week dinner of lamb or pork. Try our Anjou Village from Chateau de Brossay. A rich rounded wine with masses of big black cherries in the mouth. Yum. Thereafter Friday is also a fruit day but unfortunately we end the week with root days over the weekend. Never mind have a beer with your takeaway curry!

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Biodynamic wine

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What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is a holistic farming method that uses two main tools; working in harmony with the calendar of the earth’s movements in relation to the moon and other cosmic bodies; and homeopathic style preparations to aid the plant to grow and protect itself.

Sounds like dancing with the fairies? I was a sceptic until I saw what a difference it made to our vineyard and to our wines.

A few words on each of the tools:

The Biodynamic Calendar: This plots the movements of the earth, moon and other planets indicating the best times to do things in the garden. I encourage you to experiment; try it in your garden or taste your favourite (ideally biodynamic)wine on a fruit day then on a root day to see the difference.

The Preparations: These include the core 500 and 501 preparations and a myriad other plant based teas and extracts for helping plants to help themselves. We love nettle, willow and horsetail. For more detail on this read the wine anorak section.To be truly biodynamic a vineyard should be part of a whole farm system and be able nourish itself with enough mixed farming to meet its fertility needs (we need a herd of cows).

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Copper as an antioxidant and disinfectant

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Did you read the news about copper. Its an interesting metal. You probably kn ow it is used in hospitals to prevent transmission of superbugs through contact with door handles etc. Now its been hailed as a wonder ingredient in beauty products with anti ageing properties. Its been used for many years as a product in vineyards to prevent spread of disease particularly mildew which can devastate the grape harvest. I’m also reliably informed by my friend Peter that it can be used to stop blight on vegetables such ads tomatoes so I’m going to try it this year on our crop in the potager at Manoir de Gourin. I’ll let you know how ell it works.

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