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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

#2015Loire picking in Alphonse Mellot's Les Pénitents

In the mid-2000s (checking the date) Alphonse Mellot acquired the 18 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the collapsed Cave des Hauts de Seyr in the Côtes de la Charité. The Pinot Noir vineyards are close to the little village of Saint Lay, while the Chardonnay is planted on a pretty spectacular slope above the small village of Chasnay.

The Pinot Noir was being picked first before gathering in the Chardonnay – both varieties looked very healthy.

Some of Alphonse's team of pickers who were very welcoming with most happy to have their photos taken, while picking Pinot Noir at Saint-Lay.

 Someone not at all sure about the photographer...
 Here quite the reverse... 

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