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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 5 April 2013

Vouvray: a rather grey 4th April

After the tasting of 2011 Vouvrays I had time to wander up into the vines by the Clos Baudoin, now owned by François Chidaine but previously by Prince Poniatowski. (It was in the Poniatowski family from 1918 to 2002.)   Up by Le Clos Baudoin there are good views across to other leading Vouvray vineyards and you see how the valleys cut into the plateau with the vines above and most of the houses below.   

 Signs of producers along La Vallée de Nouy, Vouvray

 Part of the Clos Baudoin – the south western end – with quite a few vines needing to be replaced 

 Gate into the Clos Baudoin

 Vineyard beside Le Clos Baudoin 

Looking across from Le Clos Baudoin over La Vallée de Nouys towards Le Clos du Bourg (Huet), which is beyond the buildings (associated with Le Clos du Bourg?) on the skyline. Both the Clos Baudoin and Clos du Bourg face southwards. 

The buds are still very closed – just as well as the nights are often frosty this cold April

 Across to the tower by Le Clos du Bourg
Taken from wall that encircles the Clos Baudoin

Clos Baudoin and across La Vallée de Nouy

Through a gap in Le Clos Baudoin looking towards Le Haut Lieu over La Vallée de Nouy

 Roofs close to the Espace du Vin with the vines starting again on the top of the slope

 A shrine near Espace du Vin

 Sign for Chambres d'Hôtes

 Vines and troglodyte cellars  

 Troglodyte dwellings and cellars

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