Tuesday, 20 September 2016
2016 Loire harvest – Chardonnay @Epeigné-les-Bois
Harvesting the Chardonnay for Crémant de Loire
Before heading the Pays Nantais to get an impression of 2016 in Muscadet, we stopped off quickly to see James Marchais and his equipe picking the Chardonnay for Crémant de Loire.
Unfortunately as in many places in the Loire this year James was hit by frost at the end of April, so this is a decidedly small harvest. Each vine has only two or three bunches – if you are lucky.
Some good quality grapes but few
and far between – tiny yield
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