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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

This morning – Sancerre town as an island....

We stayed overnight in Chavignol and were completely unaware that Sancerre and much of the surrounding area was in thick mist as it was Chavignol. It wasn't until we drove up to the viewpoint above Chavignol at the top of Les Monts Damnésthat we were aware of the mist making the top of Sancerre town appear as an island. A little later when we drove across to Pouilly it was thick mist.  

 Looking down the Monts Damnés with Chavignol 
below and islands including Sancerre out of the mist

 Les Monts Damnés and Sancerre

 Bright sunshine on the vines above Chavignol – 
often Chavignol is in the mist and Sancerre in the clear

 Mist swirling over the vines towards Amigny 

The row of trees marks the main road from Sancerre to Bourges 
with a flock of birds flying through the white layer of mist 

Other Sancerre photos  

Pierre and Lauriane Martin 
with 2016 Sancerre juice in their glasses  

Picking on the steep slopes of the 
Clos de la Poussie above Bué
 The Clos de la Poussie is in a better state than it was 
but there are still many missing vines here 

Pattern of vineyards close to Bué

 Chavignol – harvest over it is time to clean up

Picking may have finished but spiders are still busy

A glimpse of the Loire with Sancerre in the 
distance from above Les Loges (AC Pouilly-Fumé) 



Susan said...

It was really foggy here in Preuilly yesterday too, so it must have been fairly widespread.

Graham said...

iS THAT the kind of mist followed by sun we could hope to cause boytritis?


Jim's Loire said...

Graham it would in the Layon but botrytis tends to be rarer in Sancerre. The 2016 vintage is largely over now. There are a few producers who make late harvest wines occasionally - Bourgeois for example.