Monday, 12 September 2011
2011 Loire vintage news inc Château de Villeneuve (Saumur/Saumur Champigny)
Picking Cabernet Franc@Château de Villeneuve
Update from Cathy Shore (Le Tasting Room) on Villeneuve's vintage plans: start the Chenin this Tuesday and the Cabernet Franc on 19th. Further details see here.
Also from Saumur the use of micro-barriques (also called wood chips) is to be allowed during the alcoholic fermentation for AC Saumur Rouge. See here. The idea is that the use of micro-barriques masks the astringency of Cabernet Franc. There is, of course, another way of avoiding astringency – pick the fruit when it is ripe. Apparently their use is also permitted in AC Bourgueil.
News from Epeigné-les-Bois 'Grand Cru' – Clos Chossay (Mark Robertson reports):
'Squeaky bum time in the vignoble, Sauvignon harvested Sunday (3rd September) at 13%, after torrential rain on Saturday night (Bourgueil had widespread flooding).
Côt is close, but Cabernet has 3 weeks to go. Hope the grass soaks up the rain....'