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Thursday, 9 October 2014

2014 Loire: Chinon looking promising

Cabernet Franc@Chinon 8.10.2014 
(above and below)
looking promising 

We spent several hours yesterday in the vineyards of Chinon looking at the grapes and dropping in on a number of producers. Although when we left Epeigné it was grey with little or no wind by the time we reached Chinon, the sun had come out and a good drying wind had got up.  

Although much of the afternoon was fine, late afternoon it clouded over and soon torrential rain set in.

 Annick Jourdan (Jourdan-Pichard) sorting 
through their Cabernet Franc

 Francis and Annick Jourdan 

Water is indispensable in wine-making 
Philippe Pichard cleaning picking buckets

 Entrance to the Baudry-Dutour winery@Panzoult

New extension under construction@Baudry-Dutour winery

Hod carriers@Domaine de la Noblaie, Ligré
Still cheerful despite the rain starting

 Cabernet Franc@Domaine de la Noblaie

 New amphore@Domaine de la Noire (Jean-Max Manceau)

Chenin Blanc (Chinon Blanc) fermenting in the amphore

 Domaine de la Noblaie: Cabernet Franc ready 
to be loading into the Pierre de Tuf vat

Jérôme Billard about to raise the bin of Cabernet Franc up to the limestone vat

François Billard  

 Grapes and juice flowing towards vat

The limestone vat

A torrential end to the day

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