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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Domaine de Bablut (Anjou) picking started yesterday

Christophe Daviau (Domaine de Bablut, Brissac-Quincé)

Christophe (5.9.11)"We started picking our Chardonnay for the Crémant today. Later this week we'll pick the Sauvignon and the Grolleau. The Grolleau is around 11% potential alc. and part will be used for the Rosé de Loire and part for Topette (Christophe's fresh, easy drinking red closed with a screwcap). The Sauvignon is at around 12.4% potential alcohol with 5.2-5.4 acidity. Then early next week we'll pick the Chenin and Cabernet Franc for the Crémant.  

"It has been a really bizarre year with a lot of rain during the early part of the winter until January and then very dry after that until July. Hot and summery in April, May and the early part of June. Cold and unsettled in July and August with the occasional heat spike, especially around 18th-22nd August.

"There's no panic to pick – it is only early September. We'll pick the early varieties and then wait for the Chenin, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon for the still wines. The Chenin and the Cabernet Sauvignon are looking good, while the Cabernet Franc (on limestone for Petra Alba) is more complicated. The flowering was very drawn out and the last Franc berries only changed colour at the end of August. I will wait until the Franc is really ripe – end of September beginning of October. Planted on limestone Franc resists rain weather as the limestone acts as a sponge and the grapes don't take up the rainwater." 


Christophe's Coteaux de l'Aubance was recently selected by Biocoop – see video here



@marisesargis said...

Go in english : I like it too but I've never met Christophe Daviau. domaine Bablut is one of the best wine sent by Biocoop in France in september, read more... here :

Jim Budd said...

Merci beaucoup Marise pour le lien. Cordialement Jim