Its all go now we are approaching the busy season of the main harvest here in the Loire. At loirewinetours.com we are as busy as ever with our wine tours and getting to fit our visits into the timetable of harvests is becoming more and more difficult with our vignerons as they gear up for the most important and busiest period of the wine calendar. The harvesting of the main Chenin blanc and Cabernet crops is getting ever closer.
We have a wine tour organised with some American guests next week. On the tuesday we are hosting a wine tasting dinner and our winemaker Pierre at Domaine de L’Enchantoir is hosting the tasting of the wines at the start of the evening on the terrace. Pierre however has arranged for the harvesting of his Chardonnay on Monday or Tuesday so he will be extremely busy preparing and executing the picking and pressing of the grapes for his sparkling Saumur. This year he is going to use some of his chardonnay to blend with the chenin to make his Sparkling white. The remainder will be sold off to a broker. Normally he will sell off all his Chardonnay crop of 1 hectare, but the chardonnay will add some complexity to his Saumur Brut blanc.
All this activity in the vineyard will obviously effect his other activities and I hope he will be able to do our evening.
Its the same with our other winemakers. Hubert at Chateau Brossay will be hosting a tour with our guests on the wednesday afternoon and he has said that we will have to take pot luck! I haven’t even heard from Richard at Chateau de Chaintres. He’s too busy to answer his messages on the mobile!
I am sure everything will turn out all ok. After all the French are all so laid back and what will happen will happen.
So with the 2011 vendage now starting to get into full swing its time to look at our 2009 vintage on the website, cos it was a good year and you can be guaranteed a wine to be savoured. Have a look at gfwine .co.uk and see what we have to offer. Cheers.