Wednesday, 13 September 2017
2017 Loire vintage: Muscadet – pickers in action: Bonnet-Huteau: 12th September
Late yesterday afternoon we dropped in to see Rémi and Jean-Jacques Bonnet (Domaine Bonnet-Huteau in the commune of La Chapelle-Heulin. Unfortunately they were badly affected by the late April frosts this year. Apart from greatly reducing the crop it has also made picking difficult due to the marked variation in grape maturity between those bunches not affected by the frost and those that were frosted so any fruit is second generation – inevitably less ripe than the first generation bunches.
Jean-Jacques was entertaining a couple of Dutch journalists – Esme and Roland. We caught up with JJ and Rémi in a parcel of vines close to the chai where the day's picking was concluding.
Fashionable head gear – happy picker
anticipating the looming pause
Marie, who is doing a stage at Bonnet-Huteau,
has clearly enjoyed her first day picking
Jean-Jacques Bonnet being interviewed
by the Dutch journalists