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Saturday, 29 September 2012

2012 Loire: Domaine Pierre Guindon, Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire

Picking Melon de Bourgogne in the vineyards of Domaine Pierre Guindon@Saint Géréon  

On the way back from the Pays Nantais on Thursday we stopped off briefly in the Coteaux d'Ancenis/Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire. Here a team headed by Madame Pierre Guindon were busy picking a parcel of Melon de Bourgogne. 

Again there is a small crop here but of good quality with little or no sign of rot. The overall yield is expected to be around 30hl/ha, so a little higher than that reported by some producers in Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine and substantially higher than expectations in the Côte du Grandlieu.     

Mme Pierre Guindon (above and below)

Picking (above and below)

Some bunches with secateurs  

A trailer of Melon 

A hoddie emptying grapes 

Melon in Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire
Small bunches with some hen and chicken, the effects of a long and unfavourable flowering 

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