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Saturday, 7 March 2020

La vignoble d'Epeigné-les-Bois: la taille et la mise en bouteille: 7.3.2020

Epeigné's community vineyard

Last April some 150 vines were planted on the coteau that overlooks the Route du Coteau on the D81 between the centre of Epeigné and the hamlet of Les Bergers. Today the vines were pruned for the first time under the watchful eyes of  Vincent Beaumont, the winemaker, and Lionel Truet of La Grande Foucaudière. A further 150 vines, which have already been ordered, will be planted later in the Spring. The plan is to plant a further 150 vines in 2021.

At the same time Epeigné's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc was racked and then bottled. These grapes from Jean-Marie's Domaine des Champs Gonneau by a community team last September and vinified by Vincent at Le Moulin du Bourg in Epeigné-les-Bois.   


The professionals gather early on Saturday morning

La pause café avant commencer

Vincent, Epeigné's stellar wine consultant (centre), 
outlines the day's programme....
No need to employ Michel Rolland!!

The 2020 recolte awaiting racking and la mise en bouteille 

Lionel Truet keeping a watchful eye on proceedings 

Cleaning the new bag-in-box before racking

Adding a small dose of SO2 before racking

Racking underway
(above and below)

 La taille
 (above and below)

Epeigné's chef de culture....

The bottling line

A corking wine!

Some of the bottled 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

A spectator sport! 

Such is the fame of Epeigné's wine that
it attracts visitors from Columbia.....!! 

(above and below)

A highly trained nose.....
un nez ideal pour la dégustation.... 

Vincent with two fans.....

Notre 2019 Sauvignon Blanc – Santé !! 

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