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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 20 September 2015

#2015Loire: Épeigné-les-Bois – James Marchais family and friends harvest for Crémant

 Very clean looking Cabernet Franc but small berries and low yield in 2015
Destined for Crémant 

Some photos from yesterday's family and friends picking Cabernet Franc in the vines of James Marchais (Épeigné-les-Bois) destined for Crémant de Loire. It is now an established tradition for the Marchais family to pick their Cabernet Franc on a Saturday. Last year it was much later – the first weekend of October.  
 James Marchais 

 Important to be comfortable when picking 

 Serge – the champion gardener 

Young Denis settling to the task 

 The boss Noemié giving her instructions ...

 Casse-croûte bien merité!
(above and below)

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