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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Epeigné-les-Bois: 1er tranche of community vines planted

The first three rows are now planted

Newly planted parcel – Lieu dit: Gandelard 

1st 150 vines planted in the commune's new communal vineyard organised by Les Amis des Patrimoines d'Épeigné les Bois. The first 150 are Le Plantet, a hybrid which was very common in Touraine between the two world wars and in at least two decades following. Chosen because of its resistance to disease. Also known as 5455 Seibel. 

Vincent Beaumont, the wine-maker, says the first vintage will be in 2021 or 2022 depending on whether this summer is dry or wet. If wet the vines will grow sufficiently to permit a vintage in 2021. "The Plantet won't produce a 'grand vin' but it should be attractive to drink and can served at various fêtes here in Epeigné-les-Bois.   

Three watch while four work at other end of row

L'equipe gets down to work (above and below)

La précision s'impose.....

Jean-Michel Prieur, le chef de culture, and 
Vincent Beaumont, the wine-maker confer

 Juan watering the newly planted vines

Fabrice au plein boulot

Vincent making a hole for a vine 
'je monte la garde'

Le pauvre ... un vieux paysan complètement 
crevé par ce boulot dur.....

Organsing le cassecroute

Vincent serves 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
made from vines in Epeigné-les-Bois

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