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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 7 October 2011

Château du Petit Thouars: awaiting the 2011 vintage and Chinon's decision in 2012

2011 Cabernet Franc@Château du Petit Thouars

Sébastien du Petit Thouars

A brief visit to Château du Petit Thouars on Wednesday to see the Cabernet Franc just before it was harvested yesterday. The grapes, which will be machine harvested, looked in good condition. Any rotten or poor grapes have been removed by the picking machine passes. Their vineyard at Saint Germain sur Vienne has a cooler climate than the nearby Chinon appellation, so the grapes ripen a little later. 

As well as looking forward to a good harvest in 2011, Sébastien is hopeful that the Chinonais will accept their request to be included in the Chinon appellation. The Chinonais are due to vote on the request next year but at the dinner during La Verticale du Chinon (15th September 2011) Jean-Max Manceaux, president if the syndicat, seemed to be positive about their application, which concerns only some 50 hectares with the same clay limestone soil as found in the appellation vineyards on the south bank of the Vienne.

This small area of AC Touraine vineyard is being orphaned by the jihadists of AC Touraine in the Cher Valley, who intend to outlaw 100% Cabernet Franc and 100% Chenin from the Touraine appellation.      

More 2011 Cabernet Franc

See details of the Swedish lunch mentioned by Per Karlsson here.


Per and Britt, BKWine said...

Can't believe it! Missed you with, what, half an hour? Was there for a great lunch that day! Why didn't you stay and have lunch with us?!

Jim Budd said...

Sorry Per. My mistake we were there Wednesday and heard about the long Swedish lunch!

Château du Petit Thouars said...

Thanks a lot Jim! Michel seems very pleased with the harvest! I'm waiting for a more detailed account from him. Thanks again for coming and I hope to see you soon