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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

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