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Thursday, 8 September 2011

2011 Loire vintage: Montlouis and Bourgueil

François Chidaine, president of the Syndicat des vins de Montlouis

Montlouis 2011
François Chidaine has announced that the harvest in Montlouis could start on Wednesday 7th September. Despite the cool July this is well in advance of normal. See report here in La Nouvelle République.

Bourgeuil 2011
I'm relieved to hear from Cathy Shore (Le Tasting Room) that the vineyards in Bourgueil seem to be OK despite the downpour last Saturday.

Note from Cathy: 

We were at Domaine de la Chevalerie with clients yesterday so difficult to get a real update however we did drive around quite a bit of the appellation and saw no particular problems in the vineyards.  Chevalerie is starting harvest in the next few days. 

We spoke to Mathieu Vallée of Chateau Yvonne in Parnay in the afternoon - he will be picking his 2 ha of Chenin today and Chateau de Parnay was bringing in Cabernet Franc from the Anjou estate (Princé).  Their new winery is looking very swish with a brand new Bucher press taking centre stage.

Lionel Gosseaume

Also from Cathy an update here on Lionel Gosseaume of Domaine de Pierre in Choussy (close to Oisly) in Touraine.



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