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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Côte Roannaise: second day

 The slope of Montplaisir

Again a quick report as my day finished late – getting back around 11.30 pm after seven visits and I'm off again this morning with a remaining half day in the Roannaise and then down to the Côtes de Forez for the afternoon.

 Jean-François Pras

 Eric Villeneuve: Domaine du Pavilon

A half bottle@the Domaine du Pavilion


Sheep in the vineyards of Château 'Mouton-Palais'!

 Stéphane Sérol in Les Blondins (above and below)

Les Blondins
The Côte Roannaise is also the southern limit 
for the Charolais appellation 

 A 'fast vat'@Domaine Sérol

 The Oudan Vineyard (above and below)

 Domaine de la Paroisse: very old vines planted in 1878

 Jean-Claude Chaucesse: Domaine de la Paroisse
in his old vines (1878)

Eric Désormière

Vines: Domaine Désormière 

 Jean-Marie and Philippe Vial pruning (above and below)



Vincent Giraudon's vines in Villemontais

 Vincent Giraudon

More detailed reports to follow.

1 comment:

Luc Charlier said...

One can never be sure about « very old vines ». I know nothing of this area, not any more than in many others. But I can confirm that old vines need not have a HUGE trunk, as many people imagine. Our own old carignan, still a good 40 years younger than the plants you exhibit, is not impressive either, as far as its diameter is concerned. What is the yield? Does he need to prune a lot, I mean severely?