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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Further scenes from Anjou

Anne Guitton (née Guegniard) picking in Clos Le Grand Beaupréau, Savennières

We spent part of today wandering around the Aubance and the Layon, including another look at Chaume and Quarts de Chaume, before heading to Savennières for a delightful and simple picnic in the Clos le Grand Beaupréau. Getting to Savennières is decidedly difficult at the moment as the highway department has clearly decided that the start of vintage is the ideal moment to dig up most of the roads around Savennières.

Château du Breuil, Beaulieu-sur-Layon

View across to Château de Suronde, Quarts de Chaume

Christian Papin, Domaine de Haute Perche

Botyris developing rapidly in Christian Papin's Les Fontanelles vineyard (Coteaux de l'Aubance)

A neighbouring parcel to Christian's showing the danger this year of a slightly higher yield and less aerated bunches with the danger of grey rot developing

Christophe Daviau measuring fermenting must@Domaine de Bablut

Greeting two new wine consultants@Domaine de Bablut

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