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Monday, 6 October 2014

2014 Loire: harvesting reds@Clos Chossay, Epeigné-les-Bois

 The small but valuable crop was netted 
against hungry, local birds
(Fabrice and Mark)

On Saturday Mark and Suzie Robertson @Le Clos Chossay, Epeigné-les-Bois' sole wine producer, harvested the red grapes – Cabernet Franc and Côt – with assistance of friends. Once all the grapes are picked, everything is destemmed by hand. 

Harvesting on Saturday has proved to be a wise decision as it has rained here much of this afternoon with the rain getting steadily heavier.    

 Removing and folding the nets 

 All ready for the off...

Mark: les premiers coups de secatars  

 Careful bunch examination


 Damien seeking independent advice on grape ripeness

 Suzie and Mark recruited at least one 
red hot picker this year...


 Suzie en plein vendange

 Sylvain: last sections of netting removed

 Sylvain among the vines ... an unposed portrait

 A nod@Côte Rôtie: Clos Chossay's unique field blend  Cabernet Franc and Côt 
with just a touch of Sauvignon Blanc

Perfect grapes – no need to employ expensive 
Bordeaux-based consultants!

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