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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Bourgueil's 13th invasion of Tours: Saturday 21st March 2015 (part 1)

Unfortunately the original forecast for today led us astray – it was supposed to be dry, sunny but cold. Instead it was certainly cold and instead of the sun it rained – hard enough for it to start dripping through the wooden huts used to house the vignerons. I tasted just the 2014s on show  – hard going not because of the vintage but because the wines were cold. I wasn't going to try warming them up with my hands that were already cold. 

Despite this, tasting the 2014's Bourgueil showed again their promise and it looks like the vintage will be one to enjoy early, although probably with a potential to age. 

Fortunately the weather cheered up a little in the early afternoon when some English sunshine made an appearance!  

Some photos from today – more to follow:  

Philippe Boucard wasn't fooled by a 
favourable forecast – he came prepared 
plus he very kindly gave a present of 
a book on Turner in the Loire

 Preparing the sausages and frites 

 Vincent le Cuisinier preparing oeufs en meurette au Bourgueil

 Serge Babary, the mayor of Tours – last year it was Jean Germain
(above and below)

Adrien Gozillon, neveu de François Delaunay
 (Domaine de la Lande)

Jean-Jacques Martin
– well wrapped up against the weather 

François Audebert

@La Galette Bourgueilloise
Marie France Lefevre

Jacky Pitault (left) Robert Viemont et Marie France Lefevre

Philippine Delachaux du Domaine des Raguenières
(above and below) 

Eric Roi, chef de culture du Domaine des Raguenières

Thierry Boucard, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie

The  clock @the Gare de Tours

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