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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2012 Loire – picking Chasselas@Serge Dagueneau et Filles

Chasselas for Pouilly-sur-Loire 

We spent Tuesday afternoon in Pouilly. One of the first producers we saw was Valerie Dagueneau who was picking Chasselas. Although Chasselas is central to the grape history of Pouilly, the area planted continues to slowly disappear. It is now down to only 30 hectares.  

 Twisted and gnarled 100-year-old Chasselas vines 

Golden, ripe Chasselas (above and below)

Chasselas as an eating grape: specially selected by Valerie Dagueneau to be stored until Christmas 

Valerie with a bunch of Chasselas to be stored and enjoyed later
Might well be interesting to make a vin de paille with this variety if it has enough acidity!

 Auguste – one of the Serge Dagueneau pickers

Is it a bird? No it is Patrice another picker, who has also worked in Champagne

More pickers (above and below)

Chasselas' hoddie (above and below)

 Emptying the hod

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