Friday, 4 October 2013
2013 Loire vintage: Muscadet – Jo Landron
Domaines Landron@La Haie Fouassière
Portable Jo Landron: mobile is now an
indispensible piece of harvest equipment
Monday (30th September): As others are in Muscadet Jo Landron and his pickers were working flat out to get the harvest in, especially they had had 30mm of rain in just 10 minutes from a storm on Sunday afternoon. Curiously Guy Bossard and Fréd Niger, who are only four or five kilometres away had not had a drop. Jo said that the incidence of rot was very variable: very little in his best parcels like Le Fief du Breil (10%) and Amphibolite but much more in the less good terroirs. Potential alcohol degrees are between 10.7˚– 11.2˚.
When I saw him on Monday afternoon they were picking in a parcel with quite a lot of clay and there was a significant amount of rot, although as elsewhere the grapes still tasted clean without rotten flavours. The rot appeared appeared to be partly noble. Jo's pickers were having to carefully discarded the rotten berries in each bunch.
Cutting out the rotten berries
Trailer of grapes
Hod carrier with watertower à le Muscadet
Another hod carrier
Video of Jo Landron talking in Chicago just prior to the vintage about his hopes for the 2013 vintage.