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2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 17 July 2009

Sancerre, especially Chavignol: late October 2006

Following on from yesterday's post of some photos of Pouilly-sur-Loire taken on a visit to the region in late October 2006, here is a selection of Sancerre taken at the same time. With the autumn colours – making it easy to recognise at a distance blocks of Sauvignon Blanc (golden) and those of Pinot Noir (red tinged).

Views of the village of Chavignol

There are times during the year, particularly during the winter, that Chavignol is shrouded in mist – even fog – but not on this occasion. Arnaud Bourgeois will dispute Chavignol's propensity to mist but he is mistaken...........

The cemetery in Chavignol and les Monts Damnés beyond

White van among blocks of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

View from Sancerre towards Verdigny

From Sancerre towards Chavignol and the hills that encircle the village.
The soil in the closest vineyards is cailliottes while the hills are terres blanches (argile calcere/marnes kimmeridgian)

From Sancerre looking over Saint-Satur, just to the north, and its vines

Night sky and the hills of Sancerre


Jean said...

Gorgeous photos.

Jim's Loire said...

Thanks Jean. Did you get to visit the wine producers last time you were out?

Jim's Loire said...

If the autumn is fine, then Sancerre is definitely worth a visit. It can be stunning with the autumn colours.

Jean said...

Hi Jim, thanks for the recommendations. We only managed one of them and are saving the others for later. We had a grest day out though and are looking forward to the next one. These things always take longer than you think, especially if lunch is involved !

Jim's Loire said...

Am interested to know how you got on – I trust lunch was good.

BTW As your house is at Le Grand Pressigny I assume that you have been to La Promenade in the tiny Pressigny.