Picking @Domaine de la Butte, Bourgueil
Some photos and reports from harvest in Saumur, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and Bourgueil on 3rd October.
Above and below
Higher trained vines not only provide more foliage
but also increased shade give further protection against sunburnt grapes
+ vine suffering from Esca
Frédéric Mabileau– 2019 Cabernet Franc
again picture perfect fruit
Jean-Paul Mabileau (doesn't want to wait for the 2019 wine to be made
– he wants to enjoy the grapes now!
Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil
containing Chenin Blanc with pips and skins
Antoine Sanzay's renovated cave
The entrance to the complex of caves
During our visit to see how 2019 was progressing at Antoine Sanzay (Varrains), he quickly showed his renovated cave. The complex of cellars, part of which was once a dwelling, has for many years existed but now they have been renovated to provide wine storage space. The major work was concreting the floor to make an easy and convenient surface.