Jean-Martin Dutour, Baudry-Dutour
First stop was the Baudry-Dutour winery just to the east of Panzoult."We started picking for the rosé last week," said Jean-Martin. "The grapes are coming in at 12% and they are fine for rosé but not ripe enough for reds. We used to make rosé de saignée but now we have specific parcels for our rosé. Saignée never makes the best rosé. It is much better to grow grapes specifically for rosé. Yesterday we started picking Les Perrières as the grape skins are now ripe (12%-12.5%, 4 acidity). We had thought to start hand picking the old vines on Monday but we have put it back a week to give them time to ripen further.
As for the Chenin we have picked for the cuvée traditional and will wait before we pick for the top. Once again this year we won't be chaptalising (adding sugar to the must) any of our wines. As I was leaving Jean-Martin reminded me of their new website.
Domaine Bernard Baudry
A real flying visit to see Bernard, who was busy sorting grapes with his team. Bernard: "we picked Le Clos Guillot yesterday with up to 13% potential. Although the grapes look good, there is a threat of rot."