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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Monday, 12 October 2015

#2015Loire – Saumur (9th October 2015)

 Caroline and Antoine Foucault, 
Domaine du Collier, Chacé (AC Saumur)

On Friday after a tasting at the Syndicat des Producteurs de Saumur-Champigny we had a quick look around Saumur-Champigny and Chinon (separate post) before heading home. 

Caroline and Antoine Foucault: "We finished on Tuesday. Potential degrees for the reds – 13.3 - 13.4, while the Chenin ranged between 12.8 for the younger vines and 13.5 for the Centenaires. Charly and Nady (Frères Foucault) finished last Friday. However, we only have 12 pickers while they have 42!"

Amélie and Régis Neau:"We have just done a first tri for our Coteau de Saumur, which is coming in at just under 17% potential. We expect the next tri will be richer. The Saumur-Champigny is now coming in at 14% potential. This week we have picked a lot of Cabernet Franc and we expect to finish tomorrow.

Antoine Sanzay: had recently finished and was enjoying lunch. 

The forecast is currently good for the next ten days or so – good conditions to finish picking any Cabernet that remains while the Chenin for the sweet wines concentrates.
Smart new premises of the Syndicat des 
Producteurs de Saumur-Champigny
in Saumur  
 Amélie Neau, Domaine de Nerleux, St Cyr-en-Bourg 
(AC Saumur-Champigny, Saumur) 

 Régis Neau Domaine de Nerleux, St Cyr-en-Bourg 
(AC Saumur-Champigny, Saumur) 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

#2015Loire: nearing completion apart from sweet wines

Alexandre Cady with a bunch of botrytis grapes 
destined for 2015 Coteaux du Layon St Aubin 

The 2015 Loire harvest, which started for some early varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc in the Cher Valley, is now beginning to near completion with the exception of sweet wines in Anjou. 

The good news is that the forecast for the at least until Tuesday 20th October is good, except for some occasional showers on Thursday afternoon and during Friday. Assuming that the showers are light a little rain could help the spread of botrytis. Temperatures are predicted to be in the low teens.

On Thursday afternoon (8th October) we dropped in on Domaine Cady to see them doing a tri from a parcel destined for Layon Saint-Aubin. 

The Cadys started picking on 10th September so their harvest has already extended over a month and their are further tris to be done for their Layons including a parcel in Chaume.    

 Promising looking grapes in the Domaine Cady parcel

Grapes in the trailer 

Philippe Cady before his Les Varennes 
parcel with vines between 60-70 years old 
where he has done at the end of last week 
a small tri at 19.5% potential  

 A developing bunch of Chenin in Les Varennes
Les Varennes, Domaine Cady 


 A trio of Lebretons – Pierre-Emmanuel, Yves and Jean-Hubert 

 Domaine des Rochelles: sorting Cabernet Sauvignon 
from La Croix de la Mission (Anjou-Villages Brissac)
Very clean fruit - little to discard 
(above and below)

After the Cadys we had another look at the Quarts de Chaume (post to come) before heading to the Aubance. After a brief stop at the Domaine de Bablut we went onto to see the Lebtretons at Domaine des Rochelles at Saint-Jean-de-Mauvrets. 
Jean-Hubert Lebreton: "Grapes from La Croix de la Mission are coming in at 14.2% potential with 4.3 acidity. This year we are picking La Croix two weeks early. Unusually our Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are ready at the same time."
Next post – Saumur and Chinon.