Monday, 21 October 2013
2013 Loire Vintage: back to Bourgueil and Chinon
Today we will be headed back to Bourgueil and Chinon to catch some of the last of Cabernet Franc being picked. Here are some photos from the early days of picking at Domaine de la Butte (Jacky Blot, Bourgueil) from last Saturday.
The grapes are still generally healthy although rot is being to appear in places.
Will be less Haut de la Butte made in 2013; more will go into
Pied de la Butte as some parcels don't meet the required standard
The destemming station directly above
the vats down in the cellar
In the destemming station
Destemmed grapes heading through sorting table
Grapes on their way down to the vat below
Down in the cellar: conveying the grapes and juice straight into the vat
Arrival of the grapes in the vat