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As I confirmed in my last blog post, the grape harvest for the sparkling Methode Traditionelle started on Monday 28 August. Ridiculously early (last year it was the 19 September) as we have had such hot dry weather over most of the summer. I popped over to an Anjou estate yesterday with some wine tour guests and witnessed the harvest of Chardonnay for the Saumur sparkling appellation. I tried the juice with the winemaker and he gave the acid level at 6.6% and the potential alcohol at 11.5% so just about right; it certainly does not need to be any more maturity. Funnily enough the winemaker missed the first day of the harvest as he was still on holiday!

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The first Bans des Vendanges for this year has been issued for the 28 August. This is the first date under AOC rules from when vine growers are able to start the harvest and it is normally the grapes for the sparkling wine that are picked first for the methode traditionelle as these are harvested at around 11% potential alcohol ie less sugar in the juice. At full maturity the potential will be more like 12% plus. This is a full three weeks earlier than last year and this could turn out to be a good vintage indeed for the Loire. Fingers crossed for just a few more weeks of lovely weather.

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Here is an early look at the 2017 vintage in the Loire.

Whenever the winter and spring period is warm there is always the possibility of frost damage. As it turned out we had a mild period at the start of the year with early bud growth;  then came the late frost which has resulted in some loss in the vineyards. This has been mainly where the vines are located in land where the cold air becomes static. Some vineyards have escaped any damage but in some cases up to 80% of vines have been affected. This will result in a reduction of yield at harvest time. As we move forward in time the weather has been warm and sunny so growth has been about two weeks ahead of last year. A good period of flowering in early June has resulted in a good short pollination period. This will ensure that bunches will all be around the same maturity at harvest.

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The seventh member of the bottling team waiting patiently for lunch

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I didn’t mention the other member of our bottling team at Domaine de L’Enchantoir this week in the Loire valley. After a very hard morning keeping a look out for any mice that might appear during the bottling, she (I think) was in need of some lunch too so she sat at the table in the kitchen with napkin and plate at the ready. I don’t think she tried the wine.

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The tardis of a bottling plant. It morphs from an ordinary lorry into a bottling plant with a few presses of buttons to open the sides and rear. Just connect the wine from the vat and off you go. Its a little bit more work but in essence that’s how it works. We load the empty bottles on the side and out the back comes the fully corked bottles ready for packing into the wooden crates. Simple.

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I’m the one loading the empty bottles onto the conveyor!

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The wooden pallox crates loaded up with 630 bottles each ready to be taken down to the caves for storing and ageing.

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More full crates being made ready for storage. Important to label otherwise you can forget what’s in the bottles!

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As promised some more pics of the mammoth bottling day at Domaine de L’Enchantoir in the Loire valley, France. The mobile bottling machine can fill and cork up to 4000 bottles an hour if it keeps running full pelt. There’s quite a lot of preparation and of course problems occur somewhere during the operation. For example my job as you can see was to pick up the empty bottles using a grab bar that basically picks up 14 bottles at one time in a row from a pallet and place them on the conveyor to take them into the machine. You have to lean over as the rows get further away from you and on the third bottling of the Puy Notre Dame the bottles are only loaded with just a plastic wrap around the outside. The previous Saumur bottles had a plastic band around the outside to hold them together. So when I leaned over to pick up  the last but one row furthest away from me and pushed the side of the pallet I knocked the last row of bottles all over the side. Whoops.

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A mighty bit of of bottling today at Domaine de L’Enchantoir in the Loire valley. Pierre and Brigitte van den Boom decided to bottle their Saumur 2014 and Saumur Puy Notre Dame 2014. They also bottled some Clos de Petit Chavannes Puy Notrre Dame magnums.  So all in all the intrepid crew as pictured managed to put 10,500 litres of red wine into 14,000 bottles using a mobile bottling plant between 8am and 5pm with a well earned lunch in between. Not bad. Of course we savoured the wines over lunch just to check that all was well!  A couple of mishaps along the way mainly with the new bottles that Enchantoir is using for the Puy. When storing in wooden crates they have to be packed just so otherwise it does not work and it is difficult making 630 bottles  fit into the crate. Anyway we managed it in the end. More pics tomorrow.

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A pnuematic wine press

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The vignerons are busy at this time in the wine room assessing the maceration time of the red grapes in the wine as it develops. They need to taste to check on the flavours and to test for the content of the juice. With the completion of fermentation it becomes a decision on when to decant the first juice (the clear wine) from the vat in which the fermentation has taken place since harvest. After the first juice has been removed the skins at the bottom of the vat are then sent to the press to take out the liquid in the skins. This is called pressed juice and may be used to blend back into the first juice, used to make a separate cuveé usually aged in barrels to smooth out the big tannins, oe kept for next year when a proportion is allowed to be put into the following year’s wine to add strength and flavour.

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The bordeaux vintage 2015

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The 2015 Bordeaux vintage Exceptional, enviable, unmissable? Here’s some background for you

Is the 2015 vintage one to stock up on? It has been a hot year across Bordeaux, which has resulted in a bumper harvest. The 2015 vintage is looking to be exceptional and one that is full of flavour.

IDEAL WEATHER CONDITIONS

It started with cool weather over the winter which helped the vines rest, the spring was predominantly sunny, bringing about very consistent blooming in the first two weeks of June, in ideal conditions, with warm, dry and sunny weather. The summer was splendid, with the right dose of coolness and water needed for a favourable veraison (the onset of ripening). What’s more, the dry, sunny September weather made it possible to wait until the grapes were perfectly ripe before starting the harvest, allowing time between each individual harvest based on the varying stages of ripeness of the different grape varieties.

HARVEST

The harvesting of dry whites and white crémants (sparkling wine) began at the end of August – beginning of September, in areas where the Sauvignon Blanc variety ripens earliest. This was a week ahead of last year and in the first week of September this harvest began all over the region. Sémillon grapes, golden and superb, and full of flavour, were picked around the 10th September.

White wines promise to be of excellent quality and traditional in their characteristic features. They have good balance and powerful aromas.

Rosés were harvested from the first week of September.

Harvesting of the red grape variety, Merlot, started in mid-September in the earliest ripening areas, then all over the region from 21st September and continued with the Cabernets.

Analysis of these grapes is very encouraging. The potential in anthocyanins enables us to foresee a vintage of superb quality.

Sweet white wines: The first stages of sorting-picking in the vineyard with early ripening began during the week of 14th September. However, harvesting really began w/c 21st September and continued into October.

So, all the signs point to 2015 being a vintage of exceptional quality and good volume. Great news for your customers so make sure you don’t miss out.

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Chenin Blanc grapes – The noble rot

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You may well not believe it but this pic shows a good bunch of grapes. Yes that’s right. It’s the white chenin blanc grape that has developed and matured through a process called noble rot where the berries are  affected by a benevolent form of a grey fungus, Botrytis cinerea. The berries loose the water content and effectively ‘dry’ out so that they concentrate the sugars and flavours in the shrivelled berries. The berries are picked late in the season and pressed to give a very sweet juice that is then fermented. The resultant wine is sweet as it retains the residual sugars. There are a number of levels of sweet wine in the Loire valley made by this method. They range from a light delicate wine to a very intense sweetness called ‘Grain Noble’. The real plus with this wine is that the chenin blanc grape has high acidity so there is a good balance even with these sweet wines. They are not cloying and over sweet in the mouth. Our local appellation is Coteaux du Layon from which you can choose a wine to suit your paring with food. As an aperitif, with Foie Gras, with dessert or as an after dinner liqueur. Choose your poison!  Top notch appellations are Quart de Chaume and Bonnezeaux with high residual sugar levels.

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Cheers.

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